The Sandy Springs Police Department’s request for a new “shoot house” training facility was approved by City Council Oct. 20.

A shoot house allows officers to undergo realistic training for taking on armed attackers—especially would-be mass murderers—inside a building. A previous department shoot house shut down earlier this year. The new facility would be built inside a warehouse at 4410 Bankers Circle in Doraville.

The council approved a bid from Foley Construction Corporation to build the facility for $369,734. The entire cost will be paid with funds from assets seized in drug cases, according to Police Chief Kenneth DeSimone.

The deal still needs approval from the city’s legal and finance departments.

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