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‘Active shooter’: St. Louis County bench prepares for the worst

A Kansas City police officer pretends to fire at a fellow officer playing the role of an active shooter during a drill on Friday, July 29, 2016, at the Kansas City Municipal Court. The drill, one of a series the city is conducting at public buildings, shut down the courthouse for about two hours as employees learned what to do in the event of a real attack. Photo by Scott Lauck

On the afternoon of Aug. 12, judges and staff in the St. Louis County Circuit Court received a disconcerting email. The subject line: “St. Louis County ALARM NOTICE.” The first words: “Active Shooter – Police Street.” It quickened pulses, recalled ...

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