10 years after shooting spree at Case, Cleveland police SWAT team is one of busiest in the country

CLEVELAND - It was an architect's dream, but a SWAT team member's tactical nightmare.

When Biswanath Halder went on a shooting spree at the then-Peter B. Lewis building -- now named the Weatherhead School of Management -- on the Case Western Reserve University campus 10 years ago, the five-story building dealt Halder the upper hand at first.

Curvy halls and an open atrium meant police were exposed and Halder could hide.

While exchanging gunfire with Halder, the SWAT team pushed and cornered Halder to a fifth floor room where he was captured.

An increase in active shooters or shooting sprees since the Case shooting killed one person and injured two others, officers have been getting stronger bullet proof vests and some Cleveland patrol officers now get SWAT team style training and high-powered rifles.

Now, the first officer at the scene immediately confronts the gunman.

SWAT teams have been getting more training for years now and expect to see more civilian training in schools and the workplace.

SWAT teams from Euclid, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department and the FBI also teamed up with Cleveland police at Case 10 years ago.

Halder is serving a life sentence.

The Cleveland SWAT team is one of the busiest in the country, being called out 800 times a year.

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