Abbott’s handwritten notes show what was said to the governor after Uvalde was shot

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Handwritten notes released Monday for 13 investigations reveal what Gov. Greg Abbott said about the confusing police response after the May 24 mass shooting that killed 19 elementary school students and two teachers in Uvalde , was told.

During a news conference after the shooting, Abbott initially said Texas officials went to Robb Elementary School to confront the shooter.

Bullet points in his notes that day read: “ISD approached shooter + engaged” and “Border Patrol, ISD officers, police, sheriffs + DPS gathered in classroom.”

In a press conference three days later — after the Texas Department of Public Safety corrected the schedule by saying officers waited more than an hour before entering the classroom — Abbott admitted he was angry.

“I was misled. I’m angry about what happened,” Abbott said on May 27, according to a C-SPAN broadcast of the press conference. “I was on this very stage two days ago sharing information with the public that was shared with me in a room just a few yards behind where we are now. That room told me in turn what had happened and when I was here on this stage came and told the public what had happened, it was a recitation of what the people in this room were telling me, whether they were law enforcement officers or non-law enforcement officers, whatever the case, and as everyone experiences some of the information I received turned out to be inaccurate and I am absolutely furious about that.”

Under Texas law, 13 investigators requested the handwritten notes, which Abbott took himself, and received them Monday.

They appear to support Abbott’s initial account that officers went in and the suspect was already “contained.”

The notes also include indications that there was no prior warning, no prior mental health history, and no criminal record for the suspect.

However, at the first press conference, Abbott told Texans the sheriff and mayor believe there is a mental health issue in Uvalde. His notes outline a list of resources, including crisis teams.

Read Abbott’s nine-page notes below – on a mobile device? Click here to open.

13 Investigates has also asked the Texas Department of Public Safety to release the interviews it conducted with officials that day, while also providing a timeline for events.

DPS is attempting to withhold this information, saying: “Disclosure of the flagged recordings would provide criminals with invaluable information on the Department’s techniques used to investigate and expose activities of suspected criminal elements; how information is evaluated and analyzed; how information is shared between partner law enforcement agencies and the lessons learned from analyzing past criminal activity. Knowing the intelligence and response capabilities of department personnel and what those personnel are focusing their attention on will compromise the purposes of law enforcement by enabling criminals to anticipate weaknesses in law enforcement procedures and alter their working methods to address one to avoid detection and arrest. Consequently, the Department believes that the records should also be exempt from required public disclosure.”

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Dais Johnston

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