Area law enforcers pulled side arms and began blasting targets during competition at Midwest Tactical, a shooting range at 758 S.E. 371st Road, Leeton.

The Third Annual Police Pistol Competition drew area and outside law enforcers, Chief Operating Officer Shane O’Connor stated.

The Warrensburg Police Department, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and Whiteman Air Force Base security sponsored the event.

Sheriff Scott Munsterman watched members from his and other departments go through the drill of firing at targets from behind the door of a sheriff’s vehicle, followed immediately by leaving that protective cover and charging another station where they fired off more rounds. Midwest Tactical judged the event based on speed and accuracy in completing the exercise.

“It’s nice for the guys to get out here and get together, and do a little shooting in competition – a ‘de-stresser,’” Munsterman said. “You get other agencies involved in it for good camaraderie, socializing. It’s good for us, Warrensburg and Whiteman to host this.”

Munsterman said the annual event started a couple of years ago as a benefit. The facility serves well, he said.

“It’s an awesome setup here,” he said, while bullets “pinged” metal targets. “It allows us to come down and do our annual qualifications. It will continue to fit our needs in the future.”

In addition to shooting, the event included a raffle and barbecue.

All funds gained from the event go to law enforcement family survivors.

The following are competition winners: top shooter, Grant Johnson, Benton County Missouri Sheriff’s Office; second, Chris Hargis, Leawood, Kansas, Police Department; and top team, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.

By Jack “Miles” Ventimiglia |  Daily Star Journal