A large national debate is circling around how local law enforcement has been able to acquire military grade equipment through the Pentagon’s 1033 program. Local law enforcement can acquire equipment ranging from armored vehicles to bayonets and even grenade launchers. KWBU’s Jill Ament reports on what the McLennan County Sheriff’s Department received through this program over the years.
Four are dead and 16 are injured after a soldier went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood military base yesterday afternoon. The shooter took his own life after a brief standoff with military police. Officials say the man used a gun bought off-base.
Initial reports of the shooting were foggy. Yvonne Frate, a middle school teacher at Fort Hood, said she had just driven off the base when she saw police cars racing in.