Byline: Carmen Greco Jr. Daily Herald Staff Writer
Knowing when - and when not - to use deadly force is perhaps the most important skill a police officer needs on the job.
A wrong decision can mean a wrongful death of a suspect, an innocent bystander or the officer.
And though situations requiring the ultimate response are rare in DuPage County, officers say they often deal with dangerous situations that cause them to draw their loaded pistols.
"It doesn't happen on a daily basis, but it's nice to stay sharp when it does happen," said Carol Stream police detective Tammy Loverde.
Loverde was speaking during breaks in her video-based Firearms Training Seminar in a room in the basement of the village's police station.
Training her laser pistol on a gunman holding a student hostage during a rampage in a mythical high school, Loverde tried to talk the bad guy out of it for only so long before it was clear she would have to start blasting to save herself.