Deputies qualify with weapons - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Deputies qualify with weapons

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Sharpton urges peaceful rally over chokehold death

    Sharpton urges peaceful rally over chokehold death

    Sharpton urges peaceful rally over chokehold death

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-08-23 17:00:20 GMT
    The Rev. Al Sharpton urged marchers to remain nonviolent or go home Saturday ahead of a rally seeking justice in the death of an unarmed black man placed in a chokehold by a white police officer.More >>
    The Rev. Al Sharpton urged marchers to remain nonviolent or go home Saturday ahead of a rally seeking justice in the death of an unarmed black man placed in a chokehold by a white police officer.More >>
  • Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future

    Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future

    Gay bathhouses nationwide face uncertain future

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:00 PM EDT2014-08-23 17:00:17 GMT
    (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes). In this Wednesday, July 30, 2014 photo, the solar deck of the North Hollywood Spa is viewed in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes). In this Wednesday, July 30, 2014 photo, the solar deck of the North Hollywood Spa is viewed in Los Angeles.
    Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open.Some are doing aggressive online advertising and community outreach. More >>
    Gay bathhouses that once remained in the shadows to stay in business are now seeking attention to keep their doors open.Some are doing aggressive online advertising and community outreach. More >>
  • Update: Albany house fire intentionally set in living room

    Update: Albany house fire intentionally set in living room

    Update: Albany house fire intentionally set in living room

    Saturday, August 23 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-08-23 16:57:32 GMT
    604 West Gordon Avenue House Fire604 West Gordon Avenue House Fire
    Albany Fire Department responded to a house fire Saturday morning on West Gordon Avenue.More >>
    Albany Fire Department responded to a house fire Saturday morning on West Gordon Avenue.More >>

October 20, 2005

Thomasville, Georgia-- Thomas County's finest are making sure they're able to defend themselves, and you.

Chuck McDonald is one of the deputies qualifying with his Glock 40 handgun and M-16 rifle. "We try to qualify at least two times a year as a regular road deputy. Some of us are designated SRT members, Special Response Team. We qualify an additional twice a year," says McDonald.

Qualifying isn't a matter of point and shoot. Firearms instructors say it requires concentration and split second thinking. "We do 25 yards up to the five yard line. We have pneumatic targets, which means they turn by air. Once the target turns, for each course of fire they have a different time limit to shoot so many rounds. They're required to shoot a 210 out of a possible 300 score," says instructor, David Godwin.

That's a lot to handle. But the pressure of what happens if deputies don't qualify is even worse. "If they don't qualify in three chances they're submitted to their supervisor and their firearm is taken away from them until they do qualify," says Godwin.

Considering a deputies life is on the line, that's the only option. They never know when they could be looking at the business end of someone else's gun. "Hopefully that will never happen. But if it does, this training here makes you more proficient with your weapon," says Deputy, Kevin Lee. "When you get into a stressful situation or a delicate situation, you're going to react the way you train, so you take your training seriously," adds McDonald. Case in point: So far, each of the deputies went back out on the road immediately.

Only one Thomas County Sheriff's deputy has ever been shot and killed in the line of duty.

Feedback: news@walb.com