Chief Howell was injured as 12+ rounds were fired from an AK-47 and handgun at him and his partner (SWAT Officer Jones). Each officer was struck twice, the vehicle was disabled (due to a round that penetrated the electronics), and no back-up was immediately available.
Chief Howell and Officer Jones’ situation and injuries would have most certainly resulted in death – before back-up and EMS could respond to the scene. After threat mitigation, it was widely accepted among the doctors that the self-applied use of a tourniquet saved Chief Howell’s life. Chief Howell had received training on the SWAT-T the only one day prior to the incident.