Why Uvalde cops DID NOT shoot Salvador Ramos BEFORE he entered school: Report
UVALDE, TEXAS: New revelations in the Uvalde school massacre case have suggested that two police officers missed their chance at possibly saving the lives of the 19 children and two teachers who were brutally slaughtered by Salvador Ramos. Ramos, 18, was reportedly spotted with a rifle by an officer before he entered Elementary School. The officer radioed for permission to shoot, but reportedly never got an answer. When the officer asked the supervisor for permission to open fire, the supervisor "either did not hear or responded too late." The officer turned around to see that Ramos had already gone inside "unabated".
A report released by Texas State University said another responding officer failed to stop Ramos as he was walking in the parking lot, towards the school. The officer reportedly sped past the shooter at a "high rate of speed" and missed him armed with a rifle.
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"A reasonable officer would have considered this an active situation and devised a plan to address the suspect," the report, published by the university's Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program, reads in part. According to the authors of the 26-page report, their findings were based on video taken from the school, police body cameras, testimony from officers on the scene and statements from investigators.
According to their findings, it appeared as though no officer waiting in the hallway during the massacre tested to check if the door to the classroom was locked. It also found that when officers finally entered the classroom, over an hour after the shooting began, they were not equipped well enough to confront the gunman. It appeared as though "effective incident command" was never established among the various law enforcement agencies that responded to the shooting.
Police have faced sharp criticism for allegedly failing to stop the shooting quickly enough and come to the victims' rescue on time. In fact, a victim bled to death as she waited for police to come to the rescue, a first-responder allegedly told her mother. The child reportedly waited for nearly an hour for cops to arrive, but eventually succumbed to her injuries possibly because of the delay. The first-responder reportedly claimed her child may have lived if the police had been quicker. It was reported that they did not breach the school for more than 90 minutes after arriving on the campus where Salvador Ramos was ruthlessly killing the children.
One cop, Pete Arredondo, 50, especially came under fire. Arredondo was slammed after he reportedly held back officers from breaching a classroom at Robb Elementary school and confronting Salvador Ramos, who killed 21 people before he was gunned down. Pete reportedly held officers back because he “believed that it had transitioned from an active shooter to a barricaded subject." He apparently thought the children were not at risk. Ramos was shot dead by a hero off-duty Customs and Border Protection agent from an elite tactical unit. The agent killed Ramos before his evil rampage could claim more lives.