Missouri Shooting Causes Reaction in the Valley

By: Mary Pulley Email
By: Mary Pulley Email

Thursday night's city hall shooting in Kirkwood, Missouri has city and town councils in the Valley taking a closer look at security measures.

Mayor Wayne Printz of Elkton takes trouble in his council chambers very seriously.

He says, "Whatever meeting we have at anytime, we usually have an officer present and they're very aware of what's going on and around."

Printz has been the mayor of Elkton for 17 years, and he says incidents like the one in Kirkwood, Missouri concerns the nation as a whole.

"It seems to me that these type of incidences are becoming more prevalent, and we all as leadership, not only in Elkton, but most of the leaders in our communities around the country are very concerned," says Printz.

Printz also says disorderly conduct at Elkton town council meetings is very rare, and at the first sign of trouble, law enforcement is there to handle it right away.

"If we do have a situation that occurs, we take care of it abruptly. We take care of it very seriously and we look at our chief to take care of that situation at that time," says Printz.

Sgt. Jim Morris, Elkton Police Department, attends town council meetings.

He says, "Ninety-nine percent of all council meeting are open to the citizens, for the citizens to listen to the council members and the council members to listen to the citizens. It's hard to know when an act of violence like that is going to happen."

Morris went on to say that while he sees the incident in Kirkwood, Missouri as isolated, the town may have to plan for security upgrades during town council meetings in the future.

"If it repeats itself we may have to look back on it, but I think this is one person's act of violence that no one could see coming," says Morris.

Printz and Morris both say they are confident in the town's current measures when it comes to handling disorderly behavior in town council meetings.

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