Texas police officers feared being shot during Uvalde school shooting: Lt

A Texas State Police officer said officers outside the Uvalde school, where a gunman butchered 19 fourth-graders and two teachers waited for reinforcements to attack the gunman on Tuesday, fearing “they could have been shot.”

Chris Olivarez, a lieutenant with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said in an interview with CNN on Thursday that the first few officers to enter Robb Elementary School after 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos were shot and retreated not to be shot.

“At that point, if they had pursued it further – not knowing where the suspect was – they could have been shot; They could have been killed and at that point this shooter would have the opportunity to kill other people in this school,” Olivarez told host Wolf Blitzer.

Local and state police outside Robb Elementary School waited nearly an hour after he began his killing spree for a specialized US Border Patrol tactical team to arrive and take Ramos out.

Ramos had locked the door of the classroom where he killed all 21 victims, and officers could not get in until a school worker gave them a key, the Associated Press had reported.

Law enforcement and other first responders gather outside Robb Elementary School following a shooting Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.
Ramos was killed by a specialized US Border Patrol tactical team about an hour after he began his killing spree.
AP/Dario Lopez-Mills
People react outside the Ssgt Willie de Leon Civic Center, where students were transported after a shooting from Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, May 24, 2022.
The parents desperately asked the officers to enter the school building and rescue the children before the tactical team arrived.
REUTERS/Marco Bello
Crosses bearing the names of victims of Tuesday's shooting are placed in front of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Thursday, May 26, 2022.
Ramos killed 21 children and teachers before being stopped by law enforcement.
AP/Jae C Hong

Olivarez said officers were able to contain the shooter in the classroom so he couldn’t kill more people throughout the school building.

Dozens of parents came to the school while Ramos was still inside and asked officers waiting outside to attack the building.

Some parents suggested going into the school building themselves, showing videos from the scene.

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A mother yelled at an officer: “Are you afraid of being shot? I’m going in without a vest – I will!”

Another mother of two did just that. After breaking away from the crowd, she jumped the school fence, entered the building, and ran out with her two children.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/26/texas-cops-feared-getting-shot-during-uvalde-school-shooting-lieutenant/ Texas police officers feared being shot during Uvalde school shooting: Lt

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