Uvalde School District Police Chief allegedly violated a series of protocols while responding to the Texas school shooting.
On May 24, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde and killed 19 children and 2 teachers in the process.
Uvalde School District force has since come under fire over their troubled response to the shooting and their failure to storm the classroom in which the gunman had barricaded himself for several dozen minutes.
The Texas Department of Public Safety has since launched an investigation into the mass shooting and the actions of Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo.
According to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation, it has come to light that Arredondo didn’t have his radio with him while responding to the shooting.
As the official told The New York Times, the police chief had to use his cellphone to call the district police landline and tell them that Ramos was armed with an AR15-style rifle.
Furthermore, the chief allegedly told the dispatchers that the shooter was contained even though he was still alive and armed in one of the classrooms.
The bombshell details emerged after it was revealed that the local school district police force ignored several protocols despite having an active shooter training drill just months before the massacre.
It was also reported that desperate parents of young children trapped in the school were pepper-sprayed, tackled, and handcuffed while trying to storm the school on their own amid a lack of police intervention.
Steven McCraw, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, previously slammed Chief Arredondo as he suggested “it was the wrong decision” not to engage the gunman immediately.
“With the benefit of hindsight, from where I’m sitting now, of course it was not the right decision. It was the wrong decision, period,” he said.
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