According to an investigation, one Uvalde police officer would have shot the killer before he entered the elementary school but he did not obtain permission from his supervisor.
The report was just the most recent in a string of questionable findings documenting inexplicable errors in the response by the police to this grisly massacre.
The Uvalde Police’s response was reviewed in the report from the Texas State University’s Advanced Police Rapid Response Training.
On May 24, Salvador Rolando Ramos shot and killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas.
An officer with a rifle was aiming at Ramos, who had wrecked a vehicle close to the school and begun shooting at windows. He had Ramos within his sights.
“The officer, was armed with a rifle, and requested permission to fire at the suspect from his supervisor,” according to the account. “However, the supervisor did not hear him or was to late responding. The officer looked for authorization from him and when he looked back to face the offender, he had already entered the west corridor.”
According to the ALERRT report, Texas law allows cops to use deadly force if it is “immediately needed” to prevent murder.
While the officer was permitted to shoot the bad guy at the time, he might have mistakenly thought he needed permission from a supervisor or that the suspect in question was too far away for an accurate shot, according to the report.
The investigation discovered other flaws in the police reaction that may have resulted in avoidable deaths.
The report also said that cops “lacked momentum” while waiting for more weapons and resources to be delivered to the school, taking on more fire. The report stated that officers neglected alternative methods of entering the room, such as going through the windows or sheetrock.
The conclusion was devastating.
“While we don’t have all the information at this time, it’s conceivable that most of the people who perished during this catastrophe might have been saved,” the report added.
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