A Uvalde police officer armed with a rifle watched the gunman in the Robb Elementary School massacre walk toward the campus but did not fire while waiting for permission from a supervisor to shoot, according to an expansive and harsh critique released on Wednesday detailing the lack of a tactical response to the May 24th tragedy.
The review by a Texas State University training center for active shooter situations found that some of the 21 victims at Robb Elementary School, including 19 children, possibly “could have been saved” had they received medical attention sooner while police waited more than an hour before breaching the fourth-grade classroom. “A reasonable officer would have considered this an active situation and devised a plan to address the suspect,” read the report published by the university’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program.
The report is yet another damning assessment of how Uvalde Police failed to act on opportunities that might have saved lives in what became the deadliest school shooting in the U.S. since the slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012.
BREAKING: A new Texas report shows that an armed Uvalde officer, the first to arrive at Robb Elementary School on May 24 asked for permission to shoot the gunman while he was outside the school, but never heard an answer from his supervisor.
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The authors of the 26-page report said their findings were based on videos taken from the school, police body cameras, testimony from officers on the scene, and statements from investigators. Their findings showed, among other frustrating facts, that no officer waiting in the hallway during the shooting ever tested to see if the door to the classroom was locked. When officers finally entered the classroom at 12:50 p.m. — more than an hour after the shooting began — they were no better equipped to confront the gunman than they had been up to that point, the report says.
You can the full report here.