Deadly California shooting impacts local law enforcement

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - A deadly shooting rampage in California is hitting home for local law enforcement.

A total of 13 people are dead after a mass shooting at a California bar, including the gunman and a deputy. It happened late Wednesday night at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks.

Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun with the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Dept. says this horrific incident is a reminder of the dedication we see daily from law enforcement.

"The thing that it causes me to remember is the sacrifice of the men and women who put on a uniform every day," he says. "One of the victims, a sergeant with the sheriff's department there in California, went through that door when others were going out."

It's also a reminder to be prepared, not just for law enforcement, but also for civilians. The sheriff's department puts on CRAS training to teach citizens to respond to active shooter situations.

"When you enter a building, do you look where the exits are? Do you ever think about, 'What would I do if something happened?' Many of the news stories I've seen so far talk about the very things that we talk about in training," Calhoun explains.

The gunman, Ian David Long, was found dead inside the bar's front office in an apparent suicide, according to police.