A policeman whose wife called him from inside a classroom in Uvalde while bleeding profusely during the school shooting a month ago has reportedly been arrested and removed his gun as he tried to save her.
The news marks another in a long string of furious reactions from officials to the Robb Elementary School massacre, where a gunman shot and killed 19 children and two teachers.
An analysis of documents and security video by the Texas Tribune earlier this week found officers at the scene had the protective gear and firepower to deal with the killer, but waited longer. at one o’clock the orders directing them to do so.
More than a dozen students in the class were still alive during this time. Many victims were bleeding from the injuries they had sustained. A teacher died while being transported by ambulance.
Breaking: Video and Transcripts Reviewed by The @TexasTribune of the law enforcement response to the Uvalde school shooting show that officers were equipped to deal with the shooter with guns, shields and tools.
Then they didn’t – for over an hour. https://t.co/6LI87OYPw5
— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) June 21, 2022
RELATED: Report: Uvalde Police had protective shields, weapons, tools – still waited for over an hour
A police officer’s husband tried to save Uvalde’s teacher’s wife
The Tribune report contradicts statements by Uvalde Police Chief Pete Arredondo, who, according to a June 9 New York Times article, advised heavily armed officers at the scene to wait for “protective gear to reduce the risk to law enforcement.”
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They had the equipment and the firepower, the security footage.
It also contradicted his own statements to the Tribune about trying to enter the classroom doors, which they apparently did not attempt.
“A debate over whether locked classroom doors could be broken into led to the discovery that they may never have been locked at all,” the report said.
Sitting outside a classroom with an active shooter for over an hour when the doors may have been unlocked is maddening enough. It must have been maddening for Ruben Ruiz of the school district police.
His wife, Eva Mireles, was a fourth grade teacher at Uvalde. She called Ruiz to let him know she was bleeding profusely and was probably dying.
“She says she was shot,” he told other officers at the scene.
Eva Mireles, a teacher from Uvalde who was killed in the shooting, apparently spoke with her husband – a school district police officer – as the incident unfolded. Importantly, it seems to confirm that the police *had* information about what was going on inside. https://t.co/LvtjdwA6U1
— Caroline Orr Bueno, Ph.D (@RVAwonk) June 2, 2022
RELATED: NYT investigation: More than a dozen children were still alive in Uvalde’s classroom while police waited for ‘protective gear’
Her husband was detained
Some social media users first suggested it was another display of cowardice by a police officer. It turned out to be another display of cowardice by those in charge of the response.
A Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) official told the Tribune that “Ruiz was quickly escorted by other officers to the scene.”
DPS Director Col. Steven McCraw confirmed that Officer Ruiz was prevented from rescuing his wife, Uvalde’s teacher Eva Mireles.
“What happened to him was he tried to move down the hallway,” McCraw said. “He was arrested and they took his gun and escorted him off the premises.”
Mireles later died of her injuries.
Wow. Eva Mireles, a teacher from Uvalde, called her husband and told him she had been shot and was dying.
Her husband, a police officer, attempted to shoot the shooter but was stopped by other officers and had his gun confiscated. https://t.co/fPgfra6n5z
—Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) June 22, 2022
It’s unclear — and McCraw hasn’t revealed — who had Ruiz arrested and deported or what agency they worked for.
The latest update is obscene.
An armed officer trained to stop an active shooter, with protective gear at the ready and a potentially unlocked door in front of him, who had more motivation than those around him to stop the carnage, was arrested and disarmed long before than the real shooter is.
McCraw also called the police response to Uvalde’s shooting a “dismal failure” on Tuesday and suggested the shooter could have been shot within minutes.
“Three minutes after the subject entered the western corridor, there were a sufficient number of armed officers wearing body armor, to isolate, distract and incapacitate the subject,” he told a committee. state senatorial.
McCraw says within three minutes of the shooter entering Robb Elementary, there were nine officers with rifles and pistols.
He also said the officers inside never tried the doorknob leading to the classroom where the shooter was. He believes the door was never locked.
— Sergio Martínez-Beltrán (@SergioMarBel) June 21, 2022
McCraw said an officer at the scene should have been enough for Arredondo to give the go-ahead for an attempt to shoot the shooter.
“You’re not expecting a SWAT team. If you have an officer, that’s enough. You don’t have to wait 11, or 12, or 15 or 30. One is enough,” McCraw said. “If you are on the scene, you have an obligation to immediately go and engage the shooter, and really, to stop the murder.”
“It is preached, practiced and demanded in the State of Texas,” he added.
Ruiz was perhaps the one who could have stopped the shooter and reduced the excruciatingly long time that students and his wife, along with another teacher, were bleeding in that class at Uvalde.
And he was detained instead.
The incompetence, in this case, is almost unbelievable.
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