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Uvalde cop wielding AR-15 MISSED chance to shoot and kill gunman, 18, before he entered school

A Uvalde School District police officer has admitted to passing up a second chance to shoot and potentially kill 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos because he was scared of hitting children at play behind the killer. 

It’s another reveal about the police’s efforts during the fateful incident where 21 people, including 19 children, were killed and now has the cops under investigation from the Texas Rangers, the U.S. Justice Department and a special committee of the Texas Legislature.

This admission would mean a second missed opportunity for officers to stop Salvador Ramos before the May 24 rampage inside Robb Elementary School.

Officials said that a school district police drove past Ramos without seeing him in the school parking lot.

The unidentified officers, one of whom was armed with an AR-15-style rifle, said they feared hitting children playing in the line of fire outside the school, Chief Deputy Ricardo Rios of nearby Zavalla County said.

A Uvalde School District police officer has admitted to passing up a second chance to shoot and potentially kill 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos because he was scared of hitting children at play behind the killer, Chief Deputy Ricardo Rios of nearby Zavalla County said

A Uvalde School District police officer has admitted to passing up a second chance to shoot and potentially kill 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos because he was scared of hitting children at play behind the killer, Chief Deputy Ricardo Rios of nearby Zavalla County said

It's another reveal about the police's efforts during the fateful incident where 21 people, including 19 children, were killed and now has the cops under investigation from the Texas Rangers, the U.S. Justice Department and a special committee of the Texas Legislature

It’s another reveal about the police’s efforts during the fateful incident where 21 people, including 19 children, were killed and now has the cops under investigation from the Texas Rangers, the U.S. Justice Department and a special committee of the Texas Legislature

This admission would mean a second missed opportunity for officers to stop Salvador Ramos before the May 24 rampage inside Robb Elementary School

This admission would mean a second missed opportunity for officers to stop Salvador Ramos before the May 24 rampage inside Robb Elementary School

This is how the shooting played out over the course of nearly two hours from when gunman Salvador Ramos shot his grandmother at home

This is how the shooting played out over the course of nearly two hours from when gunman Salvador Ramos shot his grandmother at home

The officers’ chance of stopping Ramos passed quickly, perhaps in seconds, Rios said.

The Zavala County sheriff’s officials responded to the shooting in support of Uvalde and Uvalde County officers.

Rios said he had shared the information with a special Test House committee investigating the school massacre.

Uvalde police officials agreed Friday to speak to the committee investigating, according to a Republican lawmaker leading the probe who had begun to publicly question why the officers were not cooperating sooner.

‘Took a little bit longer than we initially had expected,’ state Rep. Dustin Burrows said.

Uvalde police officials agreed Friday to speak to the committee investigating, according to a Republican lawmaker leading the probe who had begun to publicly question why the officers were not cooperating sooner. Chief Pete Arredondo is wanted for questioning

Uvalde police officials agreed Friday to speak to the committee investigating, according to a Republican lawmaker leading the probe who had begun to publicly question why the officers were not cooperating sooner. Chief Pete Arredondo is wanted for questioning

Flowers are placed around a welcome sign outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas

Flowers are placed around a welcome sign outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas

On Thursday, Burrows signaled impatience with Uvalde police, tweeting that most people had fully cooperated with their investigation ‘to help determine the facts’ and that he didn’t understand why the city’s police force ‘would not want the same.’ 

He did not say which members of the department will meet with the committee, which is set to continue questioning witnesses in Uvalde on Monday about the attack.

Uvalde police did not reply to messages seeking comment.

Weeks after one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, law enforcement officials have stopped providing updates about what they’ve learned about the shooting and the police response. 

Their silence comes after authorities gave conflicting and incorrect accounts in the days after the shooting, sometimes withdrawing statements hours after making them.

Sheriff crime scene tape is seen outside of Robb Elementary School as State troopers guard the area in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24

Sheriff crime scene tape is seen outside of Robb Elementary School as State troopers guard the area in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24

Children run to safety after escaping from a window during the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School

Children run to safety after escaping from a window during the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School

Officials also haven’t released records sought under public information laws to media outlets, often citing broad exemptions and the ongoing investigation. It has raised concerns about whether such records will be released, even to victims’ families.

The state House committee has interviewed more than a dozen witnesses behind closed doors so far, including state police, school staff and school district police. 

The list of witnesses provided by the committee so far has not included Pete Arrendondo, the Uvalde school district police chief, who has faced criticism over his actions during the attack.

Burrows defended the committee interviewing witnesses in private and not revealing their findings so far, saying its members want an accurate account before issuing a report.

‘One person’s truth may be different than another person’s truth,’ Burrows said Friday.

An ambulance is positioned outside the school during a mass shooting

An ambulance is positioned outside the school during a mass shooting

Law enforcement, and other first responders, gather outside Robb Elementary School

Law enforcement, and other first responders, gather outside Robb Elementary School

Since the shooting, Republican leaders in Texas have called for more mental health funding but not new gun restrictions. 

Authorities say the 18-year-old gunman used and AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle. Police did not confront he gunman for more than an hour, even as anguished parents outside the school urged officers to go in.

TIMELINE OF TERROR: HOW THE UVALDE SCHOOL UNFOLDED

May 24, 11.28am: Gunman crashes truck, gets out of car with AR-15

He is seen by witnesses in a funeral home next to the school who tell 911 they see a man with a gun walking towards the school

11.31: Gunman is now in the parking lot of the school hiding in between vehicles, shooting at the building

11.32: School resource officer who arrives in a patrol car after hearing 911 call about truck crash drives past the shooter

11.33: Gunman enters the school and begins shooting into room 111/room 112. He shoots more than 100 rounds

11.35: Three police officers enter through the same door as the suspect. They are later followed by another four, making total of seven officers on scene

Three initial officers go directly to the door. Two receive grazing wounds from Ramos while the door was closed. They hang back

11.37: Another 16 rounds are fired inside the classroom by the gunman

11.51: Police sergeant and USB agents arrive

12.03: Officers continue to arrive in the hallway. As many as 19 officers in that hallway at that time

At the same time, a girl from inside the classroom calls 911 and whispers that she is in room 112

12.10pm: The same girl calls back and advises ‘there are multiple dead’

12.13pm: The same girl calls again

12.16pm: The same girl calls 911 for the fourth time in 13 minutes asking for help

12.15pm: A Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) arrives with shields

12.16pm: The same unidentified girl calls 911 and says there are ‘8-9 students alive’ in classroom 112

12.19pm: A different child from classroom 111 calls. She hangs up when another student tells her to be quiet

12.21pm: Gunman fires again

12.26pm: One of the girls who previously called 911 calls back again. She says the shooter has just ‘shot at the door’

12.43pm: The girl is still on the line. She says “please send the police now”

12.50pm: Police finally breach the door using keys from the janitor and kill gunman

12.51pm Officers start moving children out of the room



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