Ithaca Police Train for 'Worst Case' Scenarios

By Adam Chick

January 14, 2013 Updated Jan 15, 2013 at 6:13 PM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) If they're ever presented with a worst-case scenario, Ithaca Police say they will be ready, thanks to training that's just shy of the real thing.

It's called reality-based training. On Monday, officers were presented with a scenario they hope they'll never actually see: An armed hostage situation.

Monday's training included placing an officer in a "life-or-death" scenario.

Officers say it's as close to the real thing as they can get. The sweat is pouring, the adrenaline is pumping and they have very little idea what they're about to encounter, just the limited information they can ascertain from a police scanner.

Today's training took place in a vacant building in Ithaca. Officers cleared the facility from the ground up until they got to a room with a shooter and hostages who were alive and dead.

"They identified the bad guy, used deadly physical force and took the bad guy into custody," said Sgt. Jacob Young of the Ithaca Police Department.

In a matter of seconds, the police entered the room, assessed the situation and shot the "suspect." Since it was just training, the officers used paintballs.

Officers said they feel better prepared and more ready should they ever have to face a real hostage situation.