Top marksmen set target on state sniper competition trophy
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GREENSBORO -- From Mocksville to Wilmington, and from Greensboro to Garner, some of the best sharpshooters in the state are showing off their skills in an elite sniper competition.
"It allows the public to come out and view what their local law enforcement does on a daily basis, it allows them to see the stress that they get put under and it shows how accurate they can shoot under pressure,” said Deputy Rodney Davenport of the Guilford County Sheriff's Office.
The unique terrain allows the law enforcement agents to compete in a number of challenges, different but important tests to help hone their skills.
"It's kind of like a round of golf, at the end of the day you want the lowest score, in this case the lowest time for all the events,' said Lt. Rodney Shepherd of the Guilford County Sheriff's Office.
"No sheriff ever wants to put an officer in harms way or to have to take a life. But sometimes with the SWAT team and stuff it's necessary to make sure that your people are trained properly and that they're able to get the job done and that's what these guys are all about, they don't miss,” said Guilford County Sheriff B.J. Barnes.
A marksman's dream challenge and one the public can get up-close and personal with.
"It just allows the public to come out and have a good time and see the real deal that a lot of people only see on TV,” Davenport said.
Proceeds from the competition will go to the Wounded Warrior Project and the Field of Honor.
If you'd like to try your hand at shooting, the Sniper Challenge continues through Saturday afternoon.