FederalIssuesStatewide NewsU.S. Department of Justice to Investigate Local Police for Uvalde School Shooting Response

Local law enforcement has weathered the ire of elected officials over the response to the Robb Elementary School shooting.
May 29, 2022
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that it will investigate the response by local law enforcement to the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde.

Nineteen children and two teachers died on Tuesday, May 24 when an 18-year-old gunman crashed a vehicle near the school and breached the building.

DOJ spokesman Anthony Coley indicated in a statement on Sunday that there will be a report when the department completes its inquiry.

“At the request of Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin, the U.S. Department of Justice will conduct a Critical Incident Review of the law enforcement response to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24,” Coley said.

“The goal of the review is to provide an independent account of law enforcement actions and responses that day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events. The review will be conducted with the Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing.”

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It took over an hour for a tactical unit of border guards to enter the school and kill the perpetrator. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), the mass murderer entered the school at 11:33 a.m. and federal agents did not kill him until about 12:50 p.m.

In a news conference last week, DPS Director Steven McCraw commented that a decision by Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo to hold off on confronting the shooter was “the wrong decision, period.”

While McCraw did not mention the school district police chief by name in his remarks, it has been widely reported that Arredondo was the one who made the questionable decision.

Arredondo ostensibly believed the teen was not an “active shooter” but a “barricaded subject.”

Gov. Greg Abbott said last week that he was “livid” after he became aware that the initial reports of an immediate confrontation by a campus resource officer were false. The governor commented he was “misled.”


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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."