UVALDE, Texas (AP) – State agency investigating the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde The Texas state senator said Friday that the Commander-in-Chief, who is facing criticism for his slow police response, has decided not to carry the radio when the massacre took place.
In a brief phone interview with the Associated Press, Sen. Texas Public Safety Officer told School District Police Chief Pete Aradonto. Said Roland Gutierrez. The radio was off when 19 students and two teachers were killed in a gun attack on Rob Elementary School on May 24.. Seventeen others were injured.
Authorities did not say how Arredondo interacted with other law enforcement officers at the scene, including more than a dozen officers waiting outside the classroom where the gunman was hiding. He heads a small department in the district of Aradonto and was in charge of several companies for the shooting.
He did not respond to several AP interview requests after the attack, including a phone message sent to the district police on Friday.
The apparently missing radio is the latest detail on how police handled the shooting and why they did not quickly resist the gunman, underscoring concerns about parents who are in pain outside. School officials were forced to go inside. The judiciary has said it will reconsider Law enforcement response.
The focus has turned in recent days after Steven McGrath, head of the Texas Department of Public Security, said Aradonto believed he had become an active shooting hostage and that he had made the “wrong decision” not to order the authorities. Break down the classroom quickly to face the gunman.
Guttierez, who represents Vovalde, complained Thursday that Arredonto had not been notified of the panicked 911 calls from students trapped inside the classroom. The gunman was lurking there. The Democrats called it a “systemic failure.”
Police radios are an important source of real-time communication during emergencies and, according to experts, how information from 911 calls is communicated to officers on the ground. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Uvalde police did not respond to questions about Thursday’s calls.
The news came amid tensions between state and local officials over how police handled the shooting and what happened to the public.
Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old gunman in Wolverhampton, spent about 80 minutes Inside the school, and for more than an hour, first officers followed him into the building, when he was killed by law enforcement, according to official timeline.
Authorities say Ramos slipped through an unopened door into a fourth-grade classroom at 11:33 p.m. He fired over 100 rounds fast.
Officers entered a few minutes later, opened fire with Ramos, and at 12:03 there were 19 officers on the sidewalk outside the classroom, McGrath said. Authorities did not say where Aradonto was during this period.
Officials from other agencies persuaded the school police chief to let the children in because they were in danger, and spoke anonymously because, according to two law enforcement officers, they did not have the authority to discuss the investigation publicly.
McGrath said a U.S. Border Patrol tactic opened the classroom door using a school employee’s key and killed the gunman at 12:50 p.m.
Since the shooting, law enforcement and state officials have struggled to provide accurate timelines and details of the event, and how police responded, sometimes providing conflicting information or withdrawing reports hours later. The state police said some of the accounts were preliminary and could change as more witnesses were interviewed.
Guttierez said Friday that a Texas Department of Homeland Security official told him that Wolde County District Attorney Christina Mitchell had instructed the Busby Agency not to release further information about the shooting investigation to the senator or the public.
On Friday, the Department of Public Security recommended to Busbee all questions about the shooting investigation, but did not send phone or text messages seeking comment.
Guterres said Thursday that many people, including the governor of Texas, were to blame for the Wolde shootings.
“There was error at all levels, including the legislative level. In all of this, there is a lot of crime against Greg Abbott, ”he said.
More about the school shooting in Wolde, Texas: https://apnews.com/hub/uvalde-school-shooting
Coronado is reported from Austin, Texas. Associated Press writers in Dallas Jack Fleiberg; Jim Vertuno in Austin, Texas; And Mike Balsamo, DC, of Washington, DC, contributed to the report.
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