Jacob Albarado: Off-duty cop rushed to Uvalde school with borrowed shotgun after teacher wife sent SOS text
The border patrol agent was in middle of getting a haircut when he got the frantic message from his wife Trisha
UVALDE, TEXAS: An off-duty patrol agent was in the middle of getting a haircut when he received a horrifying text message from his wife Trisha, who teaches at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday, May 25. Jacob Albarado was at the barber’s shop when his wife Trisha texted him saying, “There's an active shooter. Help. I love you,” after Salvador Ramos entered the premises.
Albarado has described how he saved the life of his teacher wife, who teaches math and science to fourth graders, as well as helped rescue students, including his own eight-year-old daughter Jayda from the elementary school, where the 18-year-old shooter killed 19 children and two teachers. Soon after receiving the frantic message from Trisha, the father-of-three reportedly left for the school with a shotgun borrowed from the barber.
Heartbreaking video shows terrified parents running TOWARDS Uvalde school as massacre unfolded
As per reports, the cop’s wife and the students in her class were saving themselves from the shooter by hiding under tables and behind curtains as Ramos went on a shooting rampage. His daughter was hiding in a bathroom. Albarado told The New York Times that when he arrived at the school, he saw a tactical team was making plans to enter the wing where the teenage killer was. He then joined other officers in another plan to save students. He said, “I’m looking for my daughter, but I also know what wing she’s in, so I start clearing all the classes in her wing.”
The NYT report also stated that the two cops at the scene gave “cover, and two others guided the children out on the sidewalk.” Most of the evacuees were screaming as they were sent towards the outside. “They were just all hysterical, of course," Albarado said, who also noted that after seeing his child safe, he hugged her but also kept helping other children. “I did what I was trained to do,” he added.
Later, Albarado took to Facebook to share his thoughts over the nightmare that he and other families of Uvalde had to endure. In a post, which seemed to be deleted now, he wrote, “As I'm putting my daughter to sleep, she tells me her team mates sister passed away today and it was her friend also. I'm so angry, saddened and grateful all at once. Only time will heal their pain and hopefully changes will be made at all schools in the US and teachers will be trained & allowed to carry in order to protect themselves and students.”
He has received a lot of praise on the social media platform with a user named Mel Biggs saying, “Y’all want to know what a hero looks like? This king 👑 #GoodGuyWithAGun.” Another user shared, “Thank God for hero’s like my uncle Jacob Albarado ❤️.” “If you’ve read this hero’s story, this completes the picture. Thank you, Jacob Albarado. Trisha P Albarado,” the third one added.
Meanwhile, Uvalde police officers who were the first responders at the scene of the massacre are facing criticisms for reportedly not doing anything immediately. A parent Angeli Rose Gomez, who saved her two children herself, said, “The police were doing nothing. They were just standing outside the fence. They weren't going in there or running anywhere.” A Facebook account named Mymy Sharona also slammed police, writing: “Uvalde Shooter Fired Outside School for 12 Minutes Before Entering the unlocked door. No lockdown. Nothing. So much could’ve been done to possibly save them. 💔🤬 The police really messed up.”
“I just don’t understand how they could sit outside for an hour pepper spraying parents and handcuffed them while outside the school in anguish. I Praise the parents who went in there to try and save their kids including the hero Dad who helped with two other border patrol agents kill the gunman. His name is Jacob Albarado and he was getting a haircut when his wife texted him active shooter, Help. 💙😭 He borrowed a shotgun from the barber and took off. It’s just unbelievable that the police sat outside Waiting for 1 hour with an active shooter -for a sniper. Ugh, I just can’t with them,” the post added.