The Sangamon County sheriff’s department is defending its use of its new military-style vehicle to end an armed standoff near Riverton Tuesday.
The 37,000 pound MRAP vehicle rolled up to the door of the trailer where an armed man had allegedly pointed his gun at a neighbor and at police. Within minutes, the man surrendered peacefully. Undersheriff Jack Campbell says the vehicle had exactly the intended effect.
Campbell admits there are no set procedures for when and how the heavily-armored truck will be deployed… because he says the department doesn’t want to tie its own hands.