"Police involved in the investigation are most sensitive to criticism that they did not do enough in the first half hour of the shooting rampage to stem the carnage and confront the gunmen.
Critics have included a fellow police officer, Westminster officer Randy Patrick, who three days after the shootings described the SWAT response as ``pathetic.''
Westminster police officials placed Patrick on nondisciplinary leave and ordered him to undergo a ``fitness for duty'' evaluation, a decision that was later rescinded."
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The definitive account, however, will likely be Dave Cullen's "Columbine," a nonfiction book that has the pacing of an action movie and the complexity of a Shakespearean drama. "Columbine" opens four days before the shooting, at a school assembly where the principal, Frank DeAngelis, admonishes his students—ominously, it turns out—to be safe during prom weekend. Cullen has a gift, if that's the right word, for excruciating detail. At times the language is so vivid you can almost smell the gunpowder and the fear.
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