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Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 02/22/2010

Metro to simulate shooting at Friendship Heights

By Washington Post editors

Metro will hold the first of three planned emergency response exercises on Wednesday and Thursday at the Friendship Heights rail station.

The exercise will involve a report of gunfire between two shooters in the station, with multiple passengers injured or killed.

Metro's Transit Police Department will respond to the simulated incident, along with police, fire and emergency medical personnel from the District and Montgomery County, and the FBI.

The exercise will take place after the station closes at midnight. Residents in the area should expect to see police, fire and other emergency officials near the Friendship Heights station and bus loop between 11:30 p.m. and 3:30 a.m.

Metro staged an anti-terrorism exercise on Feb. 2 during a morning's rush hour. About 50 officers -- some toting M-4 rifles and others guiding bomb-sniffing dogs -- took up position in Union Station.

By Washington Post editors  | February 22, 2010; 10:40 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation  
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Cops playing cops and robbers.

Posted by: steampunk | February 22, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

So long as they learn something.

Posted by: uncivil | February 22, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

"The exercise will involve a report of gunfire between two shooters in the station, with multiple passengers injured or killed."

Are you freekin kidding me?!?!?!?! HOW ABOUT KEEPING THE TRAIN ON THE RAILS WITHOUT HITTING ANYTHING, HUH??? That would be a good start for Metro. You have to walk before you can run people. Let's save the hero stuff for the big boys and girls.

Posted by: savethepcbs | February 22, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

If the METRO cops are seeking a REAL-Life situation for this excersize, may I suggest using the Addison Road station, or even the Landover or Branch Avenue stations? Heck. . . Any station in PG County will provide VALUABLE real-life expierences, between the METRO (keystone) Cops & the users (thugs) of the rail system.

Posted by: Robbnitafl | February 22, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Pretty sure "Robbnitafl" is right. Why not just use any metro stop in PG on any random night? No need for practice

Posted by: skinsfan15 | February 22, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Its simple. Just use the Minnesota Avenue Metro Station. Does not matter wether its am or pm. Real life situations at that station wont be hard to come by.

Posted by: beenbrokesince_90 | February 22, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

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