It was about 10 weeks ago that sheriff's deputies responded to a shots fired call outside of DH Conley High School near Greenville. On Wednesday, deputies returned to the school to train for the worst case scenario.
The Pitt County Sheriff's Office teamed up with officers from Winterville, Ayden, the Highway Patrol, and the Department of Public Safety for an active shooter drill.
Officers worked in teams of four to clear hallways and several classrooms. They used simulated ammunition and weapons very similar to the guns they typically carry.
Captain James Marsal with the Pitt County Sheriff's Office says the drills are designed to teach law enforcement how to respond uniformly.
"These are the officers that are going to get to the scene first," says Captain Marsal. "They're going to work with our officers. So we're trying to train for that now so we can fight easy later."
The Department of Public Safety hopes a similar training program will become a statewide standard.