The City of North Augusta Department of Public Safety has decided to invest $30,000 to install new rifle racks in all 66 of its vehicles to minimize the chance of officer injury, according to The Post and Courier.

The choice was made after it was discovered Lt. Aaron Fittery had lost valuable seconds during an active shooter situation because he needed to go around to the back of his vehicle where his own weapon was stored in a lock box. Having his rifle accessible inside the vehicle could have allowed Fittery to maintain the control he had previously had of the situation, said NADPS Chief John Thomas.

The rifle racks had been on the department’s radar prior to the shooting, but the incident did expedite the purchase, according to the report.

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