According to a recent story, a police officer had the mass shooter in Uvalde in his sights moments before the shooting but did not press the trigger.
Salvador Rolando Ramos massacred 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School on May 24.
According to NBC News, Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training reviewed the police response to the event on Wednesday. Such instances are reviewed frequently by ALERRT.
Prior to Ramos entering the school, police enforcement committed “many severe errors,” according to the research.
An cop had Ramos in his sights after he had already started shooting in front of the school.
After hitting his truck, Ramos entered the parking area and, according to the ALERRT investigation, “shot through windows into the westmost rooms prior to entering the building.”
He was spotted by a Uvalde police officer at the school’s entrance. However, the officer first sought approval from his superior before firing.
“The supervisor either did not hear or responded too late. The officer turned to get confirmation from his supervisor and when he turned back to address the suspect, he had entered the west hallway unabated.”
According to the report, police in Texas are permitted to shoot potential attackers in order to “prevent the commission of murder.”
More on this story via The Western Journal:
In the weeks since the shooting, the law enforcement response has come under intense scrutiny.
During a special committee meeting in the Texas Senate on June 21, it was revealed that officers were ready to breach the classroom where Ramos was located three minutes after the shooter entered the school.
However, because an on-scene commander refused to give the go-ahead, officers waited one hour, 14 minutes and eight seconds before breaching the room.
“There’s compelling evidence that the law enforcement response to the attack at Robb Elementary was an abject failure, and antithetical to everything we’ve learned over the past two decades since the Columbine massacre,” Steve McGraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, said in prepared testimony.
The words used by Texas DPS Director Steve McGraw in a scathing evisceration of the police response in #Uvalde, specifically, the on-scene commander.
This is during testimony for special called Texas Senate committee meeting. pic.twitter.com/FUJSaDFvq9
— Chris Sadeghi (@chrissadeghi) June 21, 2022
“Three minutes after the subject entered the west building, there was a sufficient number of armed officers wearing body armor to isolate, distract and neutralize the subject.”
The only thing stopping them from acting was the on-scene commander, who “decided to place the lives of officers ahead of the lives of children,” McGraw said.