During the early morning hours Sunday, police dispatch received a call from a disparate man who threatened to kill any officer that showed up at his home.
When two officers arrived, they were fired upon, the assailant allegedly discharging his gun nine times at officers.
The simple fact is this. Lebanon is not a sleepy, quiet town where things don’t happen. This is not the first, nor will it be the last, time Lebanon Police Officers have been fired upon or will be fired upon. It is dangerous work and training is what saves lives in these situations.
Our police department, as well as the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department and the Mt. Juliet Police Department, need facilities that can be exclusively dedicated to their training. A firing range is such a facility that the Lebanon Police Department needs.
The Lebanon Democrat, as it asserted in its March 8 editorial, believes the Lebanon City Council should proceed immediately with the approval and construction of the proposed firing range at the Wilson County Landfill.
At the same time, it should take every precaution to ensure the safety of area residents, and to alleviate their concerns.