Member of Austin Counter Assault Strike Team reacts to shooting

Sgt. Kyle, a member of Austin's Counter Assault Strike Team, talks about preparation
Sgt. Kyle, a member of Austin's Counter Assault Strike Team, talks about preparation. (Kevin Schwaller)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A member of the Austin Police department spoke to KXAN News about police training for shooter  situations, like the one at Fort Hood, where seconds count.

Austin Sgt. Leslie Kyle is part of the Counter Assault Strike Team or CAST.

He says police developed the team a few years ago and members are spread across the department and across shifts.

Kyle says shootings like the one at Fort Hood often happen quickly. So quickly, they’re often over before officers get there.

“Every second that we’re not stopping it is another person that can be killed. It only takes a second to pull the trigger. So time is very much [of] the essence,” said Kyle.

Sgt. Kyle says the Austin Police Department looks at each major active shooter event to try to learn from it.

He asks himself how something like this could happen again.

“It’s very disconcerting,” Kyle said. “These Army troops, they go overseas, they’re fighting for our country overseas in combat zones and the poor guys come back here and they’re at their home base where they’re going to feel more secure and at home.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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