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More shocking details have emerged about the police response to a gruesome school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, earlier this year. As local cops face mounting criticism for their apparent failure to act, recently released details appear to reveal another missed opportunity to stop the killer before he gunned down 19 elementary school students and two teachers.

The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center released a preliminary report this week, which included the bombshell revelation that an officer at the scene was armed and ready to fire on the suspect but did not receive permission in time to halt the threat.

As the report detailed: “The officer turned to get confirmation from his supervisor and when he turned back to address the suspect had already entered the west hallway unabated.”

Just seconds later, the horrendous massacre began and “children’s screams could be heard along with numerous gunshots in the classroom,” the report noted.

It was unclear whether the unnamed police supervisor didn’t hear the officer’s request or simply failed to provide confirmation in time.

Tragically, this was only one of multiple apparently missed opportunities that allowed the gunman to gain entry to the school and carry out the deadly mass shooting. Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo has received the lion’s share of blame for what appears to be a failed response to the situation. Officers reportedly waited more than an hour to enter the classroom and engage the shooter – a delay that likely resulted in additional deaths.

Arredondo has insisted that he didn’t consider himself the incident commander and has been placed on administrative leave amid the massive backlash. Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw blamed the chief for putting “the lives of officers before the lives of children.”

Chris Agee
Chris Agee July 7th, 2022
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