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Even stopping to help victims is out of the question.

“If we stop and try to treat and help every person, we’re losing seconds where seconds can cost lives,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Trent Smith said.

Smith said the Elkhart officers followed that protocol.

“They went in in a professional pattern and strategically cleared that store in a matter of seconds,” Smith said.

Ultimately, the first officer on the scene must pick the best course of action to prevent deaths.

“Our goal is to get in there and stop that aggressive act, whatever it is or whatever that person is doing, absolutely as fast as possible,” Smith said. “We don’t wait to take the time for other people to be backup.”

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Associated Press Writer Tom Coyne in South Bend contributed to this report.