(Seguin) -- The Seguin Police Department is continuing to do its part to help you increase your chances of survival should you ever find yourself in the middle of an active shooter event. The Seguin PD is again hosting a series of Civilian Response to Active Shooter trainings. The department has been offering this service for some time now, but a recent potential threat here in Seguin has again driven home the need for these training classes.
On December 30, a man armed with a handgun and wearing a surgical mask was found walking down Highway 90 saying that he was looking for a church. Tony Albert told police that he was headed to a church to fulfil an unspecified prophecy. It was never clear if that meant that Albert was going to shoot up a church, but he certainly could have. Seguin police officers were able to stop him before he ever reached any house of worship in Seguin. That was thanks to a concerned citizen who called in what they saw, which was a strange looking, masked and armed man walking down a local highway. Albert did not realize that he was in Seguin, and told police that he was actually looking for the First Baptist Church in Vidor. Vidor is located near Beaumont, and is more than 250 east of Seguin.
Seguin PD Public Information Officer Tanya Brown says realism of the threat from this latest incident, plus the tragic church shooting in neighboring Sutherland Springs, where 26 people were killed during worship, only reaffirms the need for such public training. Brown says the department will host three free Civilian Response to Active Shooter Training Seminars over the next few weeks.
"One of those which is going to be the one on Feb. 8 is going to be an all women's class. Typically in these types of trainings, a lot of women will attend but they don't interact as much so we have that one class aside for females and I will actually be teaching that so it will be just a group of females so we can interact and engage about this topic," said Brown.
Brown says sign-up for these classes go fast and says room for one of the remaining two classes is still available.
"And then we will have two additional ones. The one on Jan. 24 is filled up so there's no more seats in that and then there will be another general public class on Feb. 22. That will be at the Seguin Police Department and it is at 10 o'clock until noon," said Brown.
During the seminars, law enforcement officials say you will learn to Run, Hide and Fight! Group and individual combative techniques will be presented.
The trainings are free and are open to adults. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. To register for one of the classes, call the Seguin PD Crime Prevention Unit at 830-386-2582.