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TPD Chief Magnus stresses importance of personal relationships, reacts to school shooting

TUCSON – Local law enforcement explained how tragic events like school shootings affect officers and what they do to prevent these tragedies from happening on Thursday.

Tucson Police have said that any mass shooting scenario has its difficulties and that’s why they work so hard to be prepared when a similar situation comes up.

Chief Chris Magnus shared his thoughts on the matter.

“We hear cops talking about, even year later, the inability to get the sound out of their head of cell phones ringing, for you know, people that will never be coming home to their loved ones,” said Magnus.

Law enforcement uses previous incidents to learn and improve their ability to prevent these situtations from happening.

However, potential shooters are learning, too. That is why personal relationships are so crucial to avoid these tragedies.

Chief Magnus emphasized that knowing how those close to you are doing is just as important as the preparation for these tragic situations.

“I don’t think there’s any substitute for the role of parents, teachers and friends, frankly, of individuals who are going through things that seem unusual or troubling or cause them to be concerned about someone’s potential likelihood of hurting themselves or others,” said Magnus.

Carla Litto

Digital content producer for KVOA News 4 Tucson. Carla previously interned at the NBC affiliate. She is currently a senior at UArizona majoring in journalism.

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