ROCKY HILL, Conn. (AP) _ Newtown police officers responded rapidly and followed current policy at last year’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association said Thursday after conducting a review requested by the town’s police chief.
A panel from the chiefs association visited Newtown, interviewed officers and studied documentation including 911 audio, police radio and video.
The panel said in a report that dispatchers alerted officers during the first 911 call, and they began arriving on the scene in less than three minutes. Officers entered the locked school nearly six minutes later, after determining someone seen outside wasn’t another shooter.
“Based on our analysis of the police response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School, we concluded that the Newtown officers responded to the scene rapidly, positioned themselves appropriately, and followed their department policy,” the report said.
Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six women inside the school Dec. 14. He killed his mother at their home before driving to the school.
The prosecutor who led the investigation in the shooting, State’s Attorney Stephen Sedensky III, said in a report last week that first responders had to contend with concerns about a possible second shooter and acted accordingly.
The chiefs’ report said officers “navigated the inevitable chaos” but were unable to intervene before Lanza committed suicide about a minute and 10 seconds after the first officer arrived.
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