Three minutes after the gunman entered the school, there were enough police officers to stop the shooting, Texas Department of Public Safety officials said.
Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven said law enforcement has responded to a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas that killed 19 children and two teachers. The response was “a total failure,” a commander who put the officer’s life ahead of the children’s lives, McGraw said.
in a Texas State Senate Hearing During the May 24 mass shooting on Tuesday, McGraw reiterated that as many as 19 officers waited in corridors outside classrooms 111 and 112 for more than an hour until a tactical team led by the U.S. Border Patrol finally entered.
“There is compelling evidence that law enforcement’s response to the Rob Elementary School attack was a complete failure, contrary to everything we know,” McGraw said.
Police operations continued to be criticized after the gunman entered Rob Elementary School and began shooting. Many parents and relatives expressed deep anger at the police’s response.
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McGraw said the classroom doors at the elementary school were left unlocked even as police waited for the keys, and there was no evidence any law enforcement officials had tried to see if the classroom doors were locked.
“Based on the information we have now, I don’t believe that door is safe,” the director added. “he [the shooter] Without the key…he couldn’t lock it from the inside. “
“The officers have weapons, the kids don’t. The officers have body armor, the kids don’t. The officers are trained, the subjects don’t. One hour, 14 minutes, 8 seconds — that’s the time the kids wait, the teachers wait in room 111 to be rescued ,” said the DPS director.
“Three minutes after the subject entered the West Building, there was a sufficient number of armed police officers wearing body armor to isolate, disperse and suppress the subject,” McGraw added.
“The only thing preventing dedicated personnel from entering rooms 111 and 112 was the field commander, who decided to put the lives of officers over the lives of children,” the director said at the hearing.
Field Commander, Uwald School Police Chief, McGraw said Peter Arredondo“Waiting for radio and rifle, he waits for shield, he waits for SWAT”.
Earlier this month, Arredondo said he never considered himself the incident commander at the scene of the shooting and that he did not order police to stop the destruction of the building.
Arredondo told the Texas Tribune that he left two radios outside the school because he wanted to keep his hands free for guns. He had said he needed tactical gear, snipers and keys to get in, and waited 40 minutes outside the door to avoid the sound of gunfire.
Community members and the victims’ parents urged Arredondo to resign during an impassioned school board meeting on Monday, ABC News reported.