The best way to be prepared for any situation is to practice - train.

That's just what law enforcement was doing two weeks ago at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin.

They were training for an active shooter at the hospital.

At about 9 p.m. Sunday, the officers were called to the hospital for an active shooter.

This time, it was not a training. It was real.

Laurens County sheriff's deputy Matt Surine was shot in the leg and the suspect, Akeem Woodard was taken into custody.

"We did what we were trained to do," said Dublin police Chief Tim Chatman. "You have no way of knowing what you have to implement," during an active shooter situation. "They did an excellent job following the training.

"We're proud that Fairview Park, that staff, the nurses, how they dealt with the situation with patients and people there to be seen by doctors, they handled it very well," Chatman said. "We couldn't be more proud."

Chatman said there's no way of knowing if things would've concluded differently without the training.

"Your instincts take over ... what could you do to survive," he said. "No one else was injured. It could have been the other way."

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