- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Local, state and federal authorities have conducted a drill at the South Dakota Capitol that simulated a shootout with a female visitor who brought a powder-emitting briefcase into the building.

The Department of Public Safety said the drill occurred Wednesday. Between 10 and 15 agencies were involved, ranging from local authorities to the state Division of Criminal Investigation and the FBI.

Col. Craig Price is the superintendent of the Highway Patrol. He says law enforcement has to train together so that agencies can best collaborate during a crisis.

A Department of Public Safety spokesman says between 70 and 90 people from the different agencies participated. There were also volunteer participants in the drill, including South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson.

Authorities performed a similar exercise in 2014.

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