Texas State Soldier Responds to Uvalde Shooting

The Texas Department of Public Safety has fired a responding soldier mass shooting At the Rob Elementary School in Uvalde, 19 students and two teachers lost their lives.

The evacuated jawan has been identified as Sgt. Juan Maldonado, CBS News learned Friday. Maldonado is the third officer to be fired over poor law enforcement response to the shooting.

According to the Texas Tribune, police body camera footage showed that Maldonado was in school within four minutes of the shooting, but did not enter the school. The Tribune reports that an Uvalde Police Department SWAT commander, who was wounded by a gunshot fired by the gunman, came out the school door, and told Maldonado, “Man, we have to go there.”

Maldonado responded, “The DPS is sending people,” reports the Tribune.

DPS was informed At least five of his soldiers were being investigated for their reactions to the shootings last month.

All this comes after the entire police department for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (UCISD). was suspended earlier this month Because it faces many checks.

that suspension too came just a day after the firing Uvalde School police officer Crimson Elisondo, a former DPS soldier who was also at the scene of Uvalde’s shooting.

Elisondo responded to a shooting at Rob Elementary as a Texas state soldier. Elisondo resigned from the DPS after the attack, but was later hired as a police officer by the Uvalde school district.

According to CNN, Elisondo can be heard telling other officers at the scene in body camera footage from the day of the shooting: “If my son was there, I wouldn’t be out. I promise you.”

Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo – who was in charge of the law enforcement response to the attack – at the time of the shooting was fired by the school board in August

According to A comprehensive report into the shooting Released by a special committee convened by Texas lawmakers in July, a total of 376 law enforcement officers responded to the May 24 shooting at Rob Elementary. However, when the gunman was locked inside a classroom, surveillance video showed a group of officers waiting in a hallway.

According to the report, from the time the first officers arrived at the scene, it took them 73 minutes to enter the classroom, confront and shoot the suspect.

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