During a 2022 school shooting in which 19 children were killed, police officers in Uvalde, Texas, hesitated to enter the classroom where gunman Salvador Ramos was barricaded because they feared they would be shot from his AR-15 similar rifle, according to a study from it Texas Tribunealthough some of them had the same weapon.
“What’s the safest way to do this? I’m not trying to get patted down,” an officer can be heard saying on radio communications obtained by the publication. “Me neither.”
“We just had no choice but to wait and try to get something, something that had better coverage to where we could actually stand up for him,” another officer said in a videotaped interview as part of the department’s internal investigation into the case. unintended event.
The decision not to quickly confront the shooter may have potentially delayed medical treatment for some of the survivors of the tragedy and left Ramos in a classroom of panicked children for more than an hour before a Border Patrol SWAT team was able to arrive and then neutralize the gunslinger.
The independent has contacted the Uvalde police department for a comment.
The police’s tactics during the school shooting have been put under the spotlight.
Even with an eventual force of nearly 400 officers, it took police more than an hour to find and kill Ramos, not before 19 children and two teachers were shot dead, the second-deadliest school shooting in US history.
In August 2022, Uvalde School Police Chief Pete Arredondo was fired. State officials had previously called Mr. Arredondo’s leadership an “absorbing failure.”
In a report the previous month, Texas lawmakers concluded that the Uvalde massacre was exacerbated by a series of “systemic failures” and “appalling” decisions by police.
Unelected school police had conducted active shooter training just weeks before the massacre, and had invested heavily in security and training in previous years, but appeared unprepared for an active shooter situation.
Sir. Arredondo initially lacked a radio and asked for one to be brought to him. The officers also never attempted to open a door to the classroom where Ramos was hiding, believing it was locked and instead waiting for a key.