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10/10/2017

FAIRMONT POLICE CHIEF MICHAEL HUNTER AND TWO OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FAIRMONT POLICE DEPARTMENT WERE IN LAS VEGAS THE NIGHT OF THE MASS SHOOTING ON SUNDAY OCT. 1. CHIEF HUNTER TALKS ABOUT BEING THERE BUT NOT AWARE OF WHAT WAS GOING ON INITIALLY A FEW BLOCKS AWAY.

CHIEF HUNTER, DETECTIVE ERIC TONDER AND SGT. JAMES TIETJE HAD ARRIVED IN LAS VEGAS THAT MORNING TO PLAY IN SEVERAL TEXAS HOLD'EM TOURNAMENTS AND WERE PLAYING AT THE EXCALIBER TWO CASINOS UP FROM MANDALAY BAY.

CHIEF HUNTER SAID THEY DID VIEW THE SCENE THE NEXT DAY AND GOT A FIRST HAND LOOK AT THE SCENE IN THE AFTERMATH.

CHIEF HUNTER TALKED ABOUT THE TRAINING HE AND OTHER OFFICERS HAVE CONDUCTED ON ACTIVE SHOOTERS AND SAID THAT THE INCIDENT DID SPUR THE GUN CONTROL DEBATE AGAIN BUT THOUGHT MORE IMPORTANTLY WOULD BE A MOVE TOWARD BETTER MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS.

CHIEF HUNTER EXPRESSED HIS VIEWS ON BOTH KSUM AND KFMC'S BLUE FRIDAY PROGRAMS LAST WEEK.

CHIEF HUNTER ALSO LEAD OFF MONDAY NIGHT'S FAIRMONT CITY COUNCIL MEETING TAKING PUBLIC INPUT FROM RESIDENTS ABOUT IMPLEMENTING THE CITY'S POLICE BODY CAMERA PROGRAM. A COUPLE OF CITIZENS SPOKE UP MAINLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE COST. CHIEF HUNTER SAID THE CITY WILL PURCHASE 8 CAMERAS THAT WOULD ROTATE THROUGH THE 17 OFFICERS ON THE FORCE. HE BUDGETED ABOUT $20,000 AND UNITS AN SOFTWARE WOULD COST ABOUT 13,000 DOLLARS. THE CHIEF SAID HE WOULD PRESENT RESULTS OF AN ONLINE SURVEY AND A POLICY DRAFT AT THE OCT. 23 COUNCIL MEETING.


ROD HALVORSEN
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