- A door opener was available to officers at the Uvalde shooting, the Texas Tribune reported.
- But according to the report, officers were waiting for keys to a door next to the room the shooter was in.
- It is not immediately clear why the burglary tool was not used by the agents.
The officers responding to the shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, had a violent-entry tool, but instead waited more than an hour for the keys to open a room next to the one where the shooter was located, according to the Texas Tribune.
An officer who arrived early at the attack told a dispatcher they had a Halligan at their disposal — a door-breaking tool used by firefighters — reported the Tribune’s Terri Langford, who provided footage and body camera transcripts of the attack. quoted.
When the dispatcher asked if the door was locked, the officer said they did not know, the Tribune said.
The Halligan bar was brought into the school about 54 minutes after the first meeting with the coordinator, but the point of sale said it was still not being used. It’s not immediately clear why the agents weren’t using the tool, or how many of them knew the Halligan was available for use.
School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo told the Tribune on June 9 that he tried to open the door to the classroom where the gunman was located, but it was locked. He told the outlet that the door was barricaded and could not be kicked in.
After reviewing the new images and transcripts, the Tribune said it has not seen any instances of Arredondo trying to open the door.
Arredondo also told the Tribune on June 9 that no infringement tool had arrived, although he requested it, contradicting the outlet’s latest report that a Halligan was on site.
Instead of using the Halligan, officers waited for keys to a room connected to the classroom where the gunman was located — Arredondo said he tried more than 26 keys — and shot the gunman 77 minutes after the attack began, according to the stand.
The outlet also reported that the shooter entered the classroom, started shooting, then walked out of the classroom before going back inside and not appearing to encounter the locked door. The images have prompted some authorities to question whether the doors were locked and whether the keys were needed.
The Robb Elementary School shooting, which killed two teachers and 19 children, was the deadliest primary school shooting in the US since the 2012 Sandy Hook attack.
Arredondo’s attorney, George E. Hyde, did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.