October 4, 2022
5 officers under investigation for firing at Uvalde School

Five officers are under investigation with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for their response. for mass shooting The agency announced Tuesday that 19 students and two teachers had died at Uvalde’s Rob Elementary School. Uvalde has been announced as students returned to school For the first time since the attack.

The DPS said it has sent five officers to the state office of the Inspector General for a “formal inquiry into their actions in their work that day”.

The DPS said that two out of the five officers have already been suspended without pay, while the investigation is underway. The five officers have not been identified.

The agency also released an internal employee memo on Tuesday that was sent in July by DPS director Steven McCraw.

In it, McCraw wrote that – in response to the Uvalde shooting – the agency had created an “extra” known as the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERTT) doctrine, a program that states use to train their officers. That’s how active shooters respond to situations.

“DPS officers responding to an active shooter at the school will be authorized to remove any delay in neutralizing an attacker,” McCraw wrote in a memo to staff. “When a subject fires a weapon in school, he or she remains an active shooter until it is neutralized and is not considered a ‘barricaded subject’.” We will provide appropriate training and guidelines for recognizing and overcoming poor command decisions in the active shooter scene.”

During testimony at a state Senate hearing in June, McCraw called the response to the shooting a “gross failure.”

according to a Comprehensive report on shooting released in July A total of 376 law enforcement officers responded to the May 24 shooting at Rob Elementary, by a special committee convened by Texas lawmakers. However, when the gunman was gunned down inside a classroom, surveillance video showed a group of officers waiting in a hallway.

According to the report, from the time the first officers arrived at the scene, it took them 73 minutes to enter the classroom, confront and fatally shoot the suspect.

The committee wrote in its report that “most of the shooting victims died immediately”, although it added that “it is plausible that some victims could have survived if they had not waited 73 additional minutes for rescue.”

Pete Arredondo, the police chief of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District at the time of the shooting, who was in charge of the law enforcement response to the attack, was fired by the school board last month.

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