Po­lice thwarted by elec­tronic doors

The News-Times - - NATION / WORLD -

Po­lice re­spond­ing to the deadly mass shoot­ing at a Vir­ginia Beach mu­nic­i­pal build­ing were un­able to con­front the gunman at one point be­cause they didn’t have the key cards needed to open doors on the sec­ond floor.

Over the ra­dio, they des­per­ately pleaded for the elec­tronic cards and talked of bring­ing in a sledge­ham­mer, an ex­plo­sive charge or other means of break­ing down the doors.

The killer was even­tu­ally gunned down, and whether the de­lay con­trib­uted to the toll of 12 vic­tims dead and four wounded is un­clear. But the episode last week il­lus­trated how door-lock tech­nol­ogy that is sup­posed to pro­tect peo­ple from work­place vi­o­lence can hamper po­lice and res­cue work­ers in an emer­gency.

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