Officer husband of slain Uvalde teacher was disarmed, detained and prevented from helping his wife during massacre
New details have emerged about one of the Uvalde, Texas school teachers that were shot during the deadly school massacre in May. On Tuesday, June 21, Texas DPS Director Steve McCraw appeared at a hearing with the Texas Senate where he shared details about the aftermath of Eva Mireles' shooting.
According to KHOU, McCraw revealed Mireles' husband — who was also a Uvalde police officer — knew his wife had been shot. When he attempted to go into the classroom to take action to save her, other officers took his weapon and detained him before forcing him to leave the scene.
During McGraw's hours-long hearing, he also shared new details about the timeline of events that transpired the day of the deadly shooting and offered a critical assessment of the Uvalde school district police chief, Pete Arredondo.
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"We got an officer whose wife called him and said she'd been shot and she's dying," McCraw said. "He tried to move forward into the hallway. He was detained, and they took his gun away from him and escorted him off the scene."
\u201cThe husband of Eva Mireles, a teacher who was killed, is a #Uvalde schools police officer who responded to scene.\n\nHe knew his wife had been shot.\n\nWhen he tried to go in the classroom to get her he was \u201cdetained\u201d & his gun was taken from him, said DPS head Steve McCraw.\u201d— Teresa Woodard (@Teresa Woodard) 1655834522
"The only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering room 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children," McCraw said.
McGraw's special hearing came just one day after KVUE released exclusive surveillance footage capturing the inside of Robb Elementary School the day of the shooting on May 24, 2022.
According to the footage, multiple officers armed with rifles were shown inside the school building approximately 19 minutes after the mass shooter entered the school and opened fire. Despite being inside the building, the officers still took nearly an hour to enter the classroom the shooter was in.
Watch the video above. Warning: this video may be distressing to some viewers.
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