The decision by the Uvalde Police Department and Uvalde ISD Police to stop working together came shortly after the Texas Department of Public Service director Colonel Steven McCraw described the late police entry into the classroom where 19 children and two teachers were shot dead as a “wrong decision”.
During a news conference last Friday, McCraw also said officials’ May 24 decision contradicted both protocol and initial reports from local authorities.
A spokesman for Texas DPS declined to comment. The Uvalde Police Chief and a Uvalde ISD spokeswoman did not immediately respond to ABC News requests for comment.
The revelation comes exactly one week after one of the deadliest school shootings in US history.
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The first funerals for the victims were held on Tuesday as many questions remain unanswered, including the reasons that led Uvalde ISD Police Chief Pete Arrendondo, who led the law enforcement response that day, to stop officers from entering a classroom where an 18-year-old gunman unleashed his killing spree.
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According to McCraw, it took 77 minutes from the shooter’s entrance to the school to federal tactical officers stopping the shooter.
In addition, McCraw explained that several kids in the classroom called 911 and asked the police for help.
In video obtained by ABC News, a 911 dispatcher appears to be relaying a boy’s information to officers that day.
“The child announces that the room is full of victims,” the dispatcher can be heard in the video. “In this moment full of victims.”
This is an evolving story. All updates can be found in this article.
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