“There is compelling evidence that law enforcement responses to attack in elementary school robb was disgusting failure and contrary to everything we’ve learned over in last two decades after the Columbine Massacre,” Colonel Stephen McCraw told the Texas Senate Select Committee to Protect All Texans.
“Three minutes after the subject entered the West building, there were sufficient of armed officers wearing body armor to isolate, distract, and neutralize the subject,” he continued. of loyal officers from entering rooms 111 and 112 were on-stage leader who I decided place life of officers before life of children.”
What happened during those 77 minutes remains unclear as Texas officials offered conflicting accounts. of answer.
McCraw’s comments on Tuesday present first time official provided essential information on shooting in weeks. He said that decisions wait contradicted active-shooter protocol stop the suspect as soon as possible possible.
“The officers had weapons, children there wasn’t one. The officers had body armor, children there were none,” McCraw said. post-Colombian Doctrine clear and convincingly and clearly. To stop killing. Stop dying.”
public safety the department’s schedule showed that 11 officers arrived at the school, several with rifles, within three minutes of the shooter is included in the classes. The suspect then shot and wounded several policemen. who approached the classrooms and they retreated into the corridor outside rooms. group of then there were the officers in corridor and did not fit the door for another 73 minutes.
‘While they waited on- the stage commander was waiting for radios and rifles,” McCraw said, referring to Arredondo. for shields. Then he waited for Special Forces. Finally he waited for a key which was never needed.
The officers didn’t try to break down the doors for over hour
However, preliminary data indicate that none of officers tried to open either of door until the moment before you take down shooter, according to a law enforcement source close to the investigation and reporting in Tribune and American-Stateman.
The officers were not unarmed and equipment, according to McCrow. However, at 11:40 a.m., Arredondo called the Uvalde police station on the phone shortly after the gunman opened fire on the officers and requested more help and a radio, according to the traffic police transcript.
in first minutes of their answer, officer also said Halligan, the fire tool that is being used for forcible entry was on scene, according to the timeline. However, the instrument was not delivered to the school until an hour after the officers arrived and was never used, the schedule says.
One security camera image taken by Austin American-Statesman. shows at least three officers in corridor – two of who has rifles and one who apparently there is a tactic shield — at 11:52 am, 19 minutes after the gunman entered the school.
In total, the officers had access up to four ballistic shields inside the school, fourth of who arrived 30 minutes before the officers stormed the classrooms, the Tribune reports, citing a law enforcement transcript.
One officer, according to American-Statesman, said action must be taken.
“If there are children in We are there need go in there,” the officer said. Another officer replied: “Who would in the prosecution will determine it.”
Closer to the end of standoff, according to a law enforcement source, Arredondo wondered aloud if officers would consider “sticking him out the window.” BUT body camera The transcript showed that Arredondo had indicated to other officers at 12:46 that if the SWAT response team was ready, they should break open the door, an action that took place four minutes later.
Accountability comes after absence of transparency
Reporting — in three different news media and citing unnamed sources — highlights Lack of Texas officials of transparency for public in such critical incident. Texas Senator Roland Gutierrez, Democrat, told CNN on Monday’s report highlighted his questions about why the police hadn’t tried to force the doors in sooner.
“We see that there are (there are) officers with adequate ammo, adequate equipment to be able to enter this room,” he said. just I don’t understand why this didn’t happen, why they didn’t burst into the room.
“These answers need have. They shouldn’t be dribbling through media in this is way. We should let law enforcement tell you us exactly what went wrong. And fact that we don’t get it information is just parody in as well as of myself.”
CNN reached out to both Arredondo’s attorney, George Hyde, and the Uvalde Police Department about the reports.
Arredondo, who did not tell in a public capacity after the incident, will testify behind closed doors for Texas House of Representatives committee investigating shooting on Tuesday, according to the committee.
new reports of further outrage from grieving families whose questions still remain unanswered.
“They need to be trained professionals,” Flores said. of police. “I do not understand reason why were they standing back So long for im going back in … standing back for an hour, leaving them inside with this shooter is wrong. It’s cowardly, cowardly, cowardly.”
Rosalina Nieves of CNN, Travis Caldwell and Dave Alsup contributed to this report.