Marion County Sheriff’s Swat Team Earns Top Honors

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Corporal David Woolf makes a 50 yard shot with a pistol.
Corporal David Woolf makes a 50 yard shot with a pistol.

Marion County, Florida — On November 15, 2013 the 31st Annual SWAT Round-Up International competition comes to an end with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office taking second overall in the team standings – besting 55 other teams from around the world. Plus, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office earned first place in four individual contests:

• Corporal Joshua O’Carroll earned 1st Place in the Florida SWAT Association Challenge – Handgun
• Corporal Joshua O’Carroll earned 1st Place in the Super SWAT Cop competition
• Sergeant Carlton Curtis earned 1st Place in the Super Sniper competition
• Corporal Joshua O’Carroll earned 1st Place in the Florida SWAT Association Challenge – Rifle

Nearly a dozen counties sent teams to Orlando for six days of training seminars and fierce competitions. Organizers say round-up events are “geared for simulation of real life scenarios and are intended to challenge the team as a unit.” Optional events emphasize weapon expertise and physical fitness. The competition included teams from 13 states.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office earned first place in the overall team category in 2012.