Active Shooter Workplace Violence. Kentucky State Police Trooper Paul Blanton Public Affairs Branch. What is workplace violence?.
Kentucky State Police
Trooper Paul Blanton
Public Affairs Branch
Revenge (real or perceived)
Failed relationship (real or perceived)
Lack of Focus
Disregarding Safety Procedures
Disrespect to Others
To whom it may concern. I don’t understand what is compelling me to type this note. I’ve been having fears and violent impulses. I’ve had some tremendous headaches. I intend to kill Kathy. I love her very much. I intend to kill
my wife after I pick her up from
work. I don’t want her to face the
embarrassment that my actions
will surely cause.
I am prepared to die.
9/27/2012 (Minneapolis, MN)
Was fired from his job on for poor performance
Responded “Oh, really?” and began shooting employees
and .357 pistol
Dean Melberg was discharged from the military for a “Personality Disorder”
Returned after being discharged and murdered 5 and wounded 22 at the base hospital
Mellberg, “exhibited classic signs of a person who would be capable of avenging perceived wrongs with murderous force.” The signs included “threats, anger, paranoia, blaming others for his problems and making repeated demands for outside investigations into his case ... . One of the most common precipitants of (murders in the workplace) is a poorly handled, conventional termination”
Violence is the product of an interaction among three factors:
the individual who takes violent action;
the stimulus or triggering conditions that lead the person to see violence as a ‘way out’
a setting that facilitates or permits the violence, a setting in which there is a lack of intervention
Take all threats seriously
Of the 4,547 reported fatal workplace injuries in 2011, 506 were homicides perpetrated by a co-worker
Report the incident
Workplace violence is the number one reason women die on the job
Assault (Misdemeanor or Felony)
Criminal Mischief (Misdemeanor)
Criminal Trespassing (Misdemeanor)
Harassing Communication (Misdemeanor)
Stalking (Misdemeanor or Felony)
Sexual Abuse (Misdemeanor)
KRS 202A.028 MDO (72 hour hold)
Run- Get out! Take anyone else who is with you. Grab elderly or disoriented people and exit the area.
Hide- Barricade the door, turn off the lights and be quiet.
Fight- The exit is blocked, the gunman has found you.