AP, here are the current NC oath of offices for sheriff & LE officer as mandated
I, A.B., do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will execute the office of sheriff of __county to the best of my knowledge and ability, agreeably to law; and that I will not take, accept or receive, directly or indirectly, any fee, gift, bribe, gratuity or reward whatsoever,
for returning any man to serve as a juror or for making any false return on any process to me directed; so help me, God.
Law Enforcement Officer
I, A.B., do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will be alert and vigilant to enforce the criminal laws of this State; that I will not be influenced in any matter on account of personal bias or prejudice; that I will faithfully and impartially execute the duties of my office as a law enforcement officer according to the best of my skill, abilities, and judgment; so help
as you can read, AP absolutely nothing about running into areas where they could be killed/maimed/etc.
further, as previously been stated, by USSC opinions, LEs do not have any duty to respond to citizen's emergencies...
finally, as has been proven time and time again...
this is monday morning quarterbacking at its best...
would've...could've...should've ~ in hindsight is an absolutely worthless endeavour unless CHANGES in procedure, ad nauseam, are made to preclude a recurrence...but as everyone knows...
history, as everyone knows ~ never ever repeats itself, now does it!
I, A.B., do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will be alert and vigilant to enforce the criminal laws of this State;
According to your theory LE can wait until the threat is over to "enforce" the criminal laws of this state, i.e. wait until the perp runs out of ammo or dies from a heart attack or until he has slaughtered all the community and gives up and goes home.
Lot of tax revenue is wasted on maintaining the 911 system... .no need for an emergency call system.