Officers had guns and a ballistic shield in minutes, but waited an hour to enter classroom, report suggests

A camera shows officers with rifles and at least one ballistic shield inside at 11:52am - only 19 minutes after the gunman entered two classrooms. (Photo: KVUE)

According to recent accounts, multiple police officers armed with rifles and at least one ballistic shield arrived at the Texas school shooting within 19 minutes; yet, they did not enter the classroom and stop the gunman for another hour.

According to papers examined by the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV, officers with greater firepower and tactical equipment were present at the Robb Elementary School considerably sooner than was initially reported.

It is the latest damaging revelation in what many views as law enforcement's inabilities to prevent the attack.

On May 24, nineteen children and two instructors were murdered at the Uvalde school by high school dropout Salvador Ramos armed with an assault rifle.

Eventually, he was shot and killed, although his anguished parents pleaded with the police to enter the home much sooner than they did - nearly an hour later, according to some stories.

Daniel Rodriguez, the chief of police in Uvalde, stated that officers responded "within minutes" after the occurrence.

Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said at a press conference a few days after the tragedy that it had been a "wrong decision" not to break the classroom door sooner.

"From the benefit of hindsight, of course, it was not the right decision, it was the wrong decision," he remarked.

Tuesday, the new report from the media outlets will be delivered during a public Texas Senate session in Austin.

The most recent intelligence, according to investigators, reveals that officers had more than enough ammunition and protection to eliminate the gunman long before they did.

The timeline given by the American-Statesman and KVUE from the documents includes a film from inside the school showing the 18-year-old gunman calmly entering through a rear door at 11:33 a.m., walking to a classroom, and opening fire before barricading himself.

Under-armed officers

According to news outlets, footage showed eleven officers entering the school three minutes later.

Chief of police for the school district, Pete Arredondo, called the Uvalde Police Department to report that their suspect had "shot a lot" with an AR-15-style rifle and outgunned the school's cops, who were only armed with pistols.

Four minutes later, at 11:44 a.m., body camera footage allegedly captured the sound of further gunshots.

The first ballistic shield arrived at 11:52 a.m. as officers were impatient to act.

According to the reports, another cop with a ballistic shield arrived at 12:03 p.m., and another officer with security arrived two minutes later.

The publications stated that Mr. Arredondo did not instruct the tactical team members to breach the door until 12:46 p.m.

The federal, state, and municipal investigations into the massacre and its aftermath have centered on law enforcement's response delays.

Even when confined fourth-graders anxiously dialed 911 for assistance, bereaved parents were upset that law officers stormed the classroom.

Mr. Arredondo has now stated that he did not believe he was in charge at the scene because he thought someone else was in the order of the law enforcement response.

Lyliana Garcia, age 16, is the daughter of Irma Garcia, a teacher slain in the incident, and José Garcia, who died two days later of a heart attack.

The couple produced four children, among whom was Lyliana.

She informed the school board, "It is incomprehensible to be an orphan at such a young age.

"These are the repercussions my family must endure as a result of a lack of diligence. I'd like to offer a quote from one of my sister's agonizing screams. "She remarked, "My mother died defending her students, but who was protecting my mother?"

Publish : 2022-06-21 13:19:00

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