Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), handled the shooting of the Uvalde school police chief and gave a more detailed account of what happened at the school that day during a hearing Tuesday in Texas Capital.
Uvalde School District Police Officer Ruben Ruiz, whose wife was a class teacher and called him when she was shot, tried to enter the hallway but was turned away, according to McCroe.
“He tried to move forward into the hallway,” Macro said. “He was taken into custody and his gun was removed from him and he was taken away from the scene.”
His wife, Eva Mireles, later died in the ambulance while being taken to hospital.
McCrown fired Uvalde School Police Chief Pete Aredondo on Tuesday for not immediately confronting the shooter at Rob Elementary School, while several Texas state senators pressured McCrover as to why DPS officers did not take action at the scene.
“I seem to be hypercritical about the on-scene commander, and I don’t want to say that, but the fact is, mistakes have been made. That should never have happened,” McCroe said Tuesday in Texas State Capital. , Accusing Aredondo of putting “the lives of officers before the lives of children”.
Law enforcement officials released the most detailed timeline for Tuesday’s shooting in Uvalde, Texas, last month, which killed 19 children and two adults.
At 11:36 a.m., three minutes after the gunmen entered the school, nine officers, including at least two with rifles, entered the school and opened fire on classes 111 and 112.
Additional officers arrived at 11:52 a.m. with the first ballistic shield, and two more shields arrived shortly after noon.
Despite this, Aredondo waited for hours for more firepower, tactical gear and a key to unlock the classroom door, which was not necessary because the door was unlocked the entire time, McCroe said Tuesday.
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Several DPS agents and officers arrived at the scene within minutes of the shooting, prompting senators on the special committee to question why they had not taken control.
“When you get into that situation, your life is in danger. In 5 to 10 minutes, you’ll know what’s going on. You know who’s in charge isn’t making the right decision. You have to take control and take command. Situation.” State Sen. Juan “Chui” Hinojosa said on Tuesday.
McCraw responded that the on-scene commander was “a ranking officer with jurisdiction.”
“It’s in practice and in principle,” Macro said. The Sheriff and Police Chief of the Uvalde Police Department also pushed forward and said, “Yes, he is the commander at the scene.”
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According to an updated timeline issued by law enforcement, at least one DPS special agent appeared to be harassed for not taking action at the scene.
“If there are kids, we have to go there,” a DPS Special Agent repeated twice at 11:56 p.m.
An unidentified officer responded, “Whoever is in charge will decide.”
More than 70 minutes passed before Border Patrol’s tactical squad entered the classroom and pulled out the gunman, a delay McCroney called a “failure.”
“Three minutes after the suspect entered the building on the west side, armed officers wearing body armor were enough to isolate the subject, distract and neutralize,” Macro said. “The only thing stopping the dedicated officers’ hallway from entering rooms 111 and 112 was the commander at the scene, who decided to put the officer’s life in front of the children’s lives.”
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Aredondo, in only public comments after the shooting, told the Texas Tribune that he did not consider himself an on-scene commander.
“I have not issued any orders,” Aredondo told the news outlet. “I called for help and asked for an extraction tool to open the door.”