Stephen McLaugh, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), broke into the treatment of the Uvarde School Police Chief in a shooting at Robb Elementary School last month, and some police officers, including the school district police officer whose wife was killed, were early. He said he wanted to get closer to the shooter. Massacre.
The officer, Ruben Lewis, received a call from his wife, Eva Millerez, and told him she had been shot.
“He tried to move into the hallway,” McLaugh said in a Senate hearing on Tuesday. “He was detained and they separated his gun from him and escorted him from the scene.”
Millerez died later By ambulance on the way to the hospital.
McLaugh criticized school police chief Pete Aledondo for not immediately confronting the shooter, but Texas State Senator Pressured Macrow on why DPS officers were not responsible in the field.
“I appear to be very critical of the commander in the field, and I’m not going to do that, but the facts are true and there was a mistake. It shouldn’t happen that way. “It was,” McLaugh said on Tuesday at the Texas Capitol, accusing Arredondo of putting “the life of an officer before the lives of children.”
UVALDE classroom door unlocked during shooting while police officers wait for key: “serious failure”
Law enforcement officials released the most detailed timeline to date on Tuesday Taken last month 19 children and 2 adults have died in Uvalde, Texas.
Nine officers, including at least two with guns, entered school at 11:36. This was three minutes after the shooter entered school and began firing in classrooms 111 and 112.
Additional officers Arrived with the first ballistic shield at 11:52, but two more shields arrived at the scene shortly after noon.
Nonetheless, Arredondo waited for more than an hour for more firepower, tactical equipment, and the keys to unlock the classroom doors. This wasn’t necessary because the door was unlocked all the time.
Video: Texas DPS acknowledges mistakes made in Uvalde’s response
Several DPS agents and officers arrived at the scene within minutes of the shooting, urging the senators of the Special Committee to ask why they did not take control.
“If you fall into this situation, your life is at stake. Within 5 to 10 minutes you will see what is happening. You will know that the person in charge is not making the right decision. Take over. You need to take command at. The situation. ” Senator Juan Hinojosa said on Tuesday.
McLough replied that the commander at the scene was a “ranking bureaucrat with jurisdiction.”
“It’s a practice and a doctrine,” McLaugh said. “The sheriff and the police chief of the Yuvarde police station have also postponed, yes, he said he was the commander of the scene.”
According to the latest timeline released by law enforcement agencies, at least one DPS Special Agent appeared to be plagued by a lack of action being taken on the ground.
“If you have children there, you need to go there,” the DPS special agent repeated twice at 11:56 am.
An unknown officer replied, “Anyone in charge will decide it.”
More than 70 minutes have passed before the border patrol tactical team broke through the classroom and took out the shooters. This is a delay that McLaugh called a “serious failure.”
“Three minutes after the suspect entered the west building, enough armed police officers were wearing bulletproof vests to isolate, distract, and incapacitate the subject,” McLaugh said. “It was only the on-site commander who prevented the full-time officer’s corridor from entering rooms 111 and 112. The commander decided to prioritize the officer’s life over the children’s.”
Aledondo, in his only public comment since the shooting, told The Texas Tribune that he did not consider himself a commander of the scene.
“I didn’t give any orders,” Arredondo told the press. “I asked for help and an extraction tool to open the door.”