The police chief from the notoriously anti-gun nation's capital, Washington, D.C., is urging the public to take out active gunmen if they can as the "best option" until police can get to the scene.

On 60 Minutes Sunday night, Cathy Lanier is asked what the public can do about an active shooter as in Paris.

"Your options are run, hide, or fight," says Lanier. "If you're in a position to try and take the gunman down, to take the gunman out, it's the best option for saving lives before police can get there," she told interviewer Anderson Cooper.

D.C. Chief Cathy Lanier on 60 Minutes.

The highly-respected Lanier admitted that her approach, paved by the nation's sheriffs and some top city law enforcement officials, is radical.

"That's kind of counterintuitive to what cops always tell people, right? We always tell people, 'Don't...don't take action. Call 911. Don't intervene in the robbery' ... we've never told people, 'Take action.' It's a different ... scenario," she said according to the CBS preview of the interview.

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