Wake Tech debuts new indoor firing range

WAKE COUNTY (WTVD) -- The reports of shots fired at police alarm the public and have officers across the nation on edge.

Some, like Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison, who is a gunshot survivor, say that's why the new indoor firing range at Wake Tech's Public Safety Campus is appreciated by those who put themselves in harm's way.

"I can tell you from personal experience, training's what it's all about," Harrison said. "It saves lives and the more you train, it just comes natural."

In 1972 during a traffic stop, Harrison said he had to grab the barrel of a gun pointed at his chest.

"That saved my life. Instead of getting shot in the chest, I got shot in the hand," he said.

Wake Tech's new facility also has a simulator for officers to help them prepare for the moment when they may have their guns drawn in real life.

They know there are times when hand to hand combat's not an option.

"I'm really excited about this, and I'm glad Wake Tech's leading the charge," Harrison said.

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