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First responders react to Thursday's active shooter threat in Fort Myers

Posted at 3:48 AM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 03:48:58-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — An active shooter investigation at Chico's Headquarters in Fort Myers turned out to be a false alarm, and local first responders say they used it as an opportunity for training.

"This would be a good time for firefighters and law enforcement to get together and look to see if that have planned properly, if what they have in place works and if they got the response that they needed. And if they didn't, it gives them the opportunity to fix that," said Dr. David Thomas, a Department of Justice professor at FGCU.

Multiple law enforcement agencies were called to Chico's Headquarters in Fort Myers Thursday morning, after threats were made of an active shooter.

Amy Bollen with South Trail Fire and Rescue said, "With so many agencies responding, we become a unified command."

Bollen says everyone from South Trail Fire and Rescue was dispatched to Chico's on Thursday.

"However that scene evolves, we are there filling the need that a fire department can do," she said.

Dr. Thomas said now local law enforcement will investigate the threat.