Uvalde officer had opportunity to shoot school gunman before he entered the school, but feared hitting children
More details have been revealed about the Uvalde Police Department's response to the shooting at Robb Elementary.
According to “investigative documents” reviewed by The New York Times, two Uvalde police officers actually had a chance to shoot the gunman, Salvador Ramos, before he entered the school. However, he feared doing so because he was concerned he would hit a child. The report also includes details about what each officer was doing around the time of the shooting.
Per NY Times:
At least two law enforcement cars arrived in close succession at the school, according to investigatory documents reviewed by The New York Times. One was driven by an officer from the small police force that patrols Uvalde’s schools. Another arrived less than a minute later, at 11:32 a.m., with officers from the Uvalde Police Department.Who would you vote for in 2024?Zavala County Chief Deputy Sheriff Ricardo Rios shared details about his conversation with the officer who hesitated to take the shot. Rios explained that the officer expressed a number of concerns and possible consequences he could face if he happened to miss the shot and harm any innocent children or bystanders.
“I asked him, ‘Why didn’t you shoot? Why didn’t you engage?’ And that’s when he told me about the background,” Rios said, according to the report. “According to the officers, they didn’t engage back because in the background there was kids playing and they were scared of hitting the kids.”
Rio, per Mediaite, also insisted that he "did not blame the officer" for his decision. The chief deputy also noted that a responding Texas Ranger who took the officer's statement at the scene also said “every bullet has our names,” referring to law enforcement and saying such pressures lead to 'second-guessing.”"
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