Report Reveals Uvalde Police Officer Requested Permission To Take Out Gunman Outside Of Elementary School, But Got No Response

This makes sick.

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Just weeks ago, 18-year-old high school dropout turned gunman Salvador Ramos entered Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX, barricaded himself inside a 4th-grade classroom, and proceeded to shoot and kill 19 innocent children and 2 beloved teachers with an AR-15 style assault rifle — before authorities successfully breached the classroom over an hour later and shot and killed Ramos.

In the days and weeks since the catastrophic massacre, that marked the state’s deadliest mass shooting in modern history and the nation’s deadliest shooting since Virginia Tech, the nation and the people of Uvalde have wanted answers from the authorities that seemingly allowed this mass murder to take place.

While the authorities themselves have been less than forthcoming with answers surrounding the brutal tragedy, investigative reporting has managed to expose some serious corruption behind local and state law enforcement that has managed to leave many with more questions than answers.

The Texas Tribune now reports on an additional report that was released by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center in San Marcos that served as an evaluation of law enforcement’s response to the Uvalde shooting. According to the disturbing new report, one Uvalde police officer requested permission to shoot Salvador Ramos about a minute before he even made it inside the elementary school, only to never receive an answer from his supervisor, who allegedly either never heard the request, or answered far too late.

“A reasonable officer would conclude in this case, based upon the totality of the circumstances, that use of deadly force was warranted,” the bombshell new report reads, referencing the Texas Penal Code stating that an individual is justified in using deadly force when the individual reasonably believes the deadly force is immediately necessary to prevent the commission of murder.

“Ideally, the officers would have placed accurate return fire on the attacker when the attacker began shooting at them,” the report said. “Maintaining position or even pushing forward to a better spot to deliver accurate return fire would have undoubtedly been dangerous, and there would have been a high probability that some of the officers would have been shot or even killed. However, the officers also would likely have been able to stop the attacker and then focus on getting immediate medical care to the wounded.”

Read the full, disturbing report from the Texas Tribune here. 

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