Behind the scenes at shooting range
Tampabay.com editor Catriona Stuart produced this video looking at how St. Petersburg police are trained to use deadly force. We decided to look into their training after the police shooting of 17-year-old Javon Dawson outside a graduation party.
In the video, instructors discuss how life or death decisions are made in a split second. "When it comes down to your life or their life, there's no decision." said John Dressback, program director at the Southeast Public Safety Institute.
In making the video, Stuart held and fired a gun for the first time. Her take: "It was a lot more difficult than I had expected. I could not imagine having to do that in an uncontrolled environment."