Some teenagers in Wayzata had a friendly shootout with police this week.
Seven officers with the Plymouth Police Department competed against the student trap shooting team on Tuesday to see who could blast the most clay pigeons.
Police Chief Mike Goldstein tells BringMeTheNews the day’s activities started with a competition: police versus students.
And Goldstein admits the students won – noting police don’t typically practice shooting airborne clay pigeons with shotguns. They usually stick to the gun range.
The chief says it was a “humbling” experience, and they got to “learn something from [the students],” who he said “were good at their craft.”
Later on, teams were switched up and students partnered with an officer.
Goldstein says this was a great way to connect kids with law enforcement.
He notes that while these kids see police every day at school, this event was completely different. Students actually got to spend time sharing something they love with cops.
This was the first time the students challenged cops at trap shooting, and officials say they plan to make this an annual event.
Trap shooting’s pretty popular
Trap shooting has rapidly become a popular sport in Minnesota.
Last year, the Minnesota State High School Clay Target League said Minnesota was the first and only state high school athletic association in the U.S. to recognize and support a trap shooting tournament.
And this spring, more than 10,000 students participated in the league.
“This League continues to be the fastest-growing activity in Minnesota schools,” said MNSHSCTL Executive Director Jim Sable.
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