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DPS officers at Uvalde school shooting have been under investigation since July, records confirm

AUSTIN, Texas – Some Texas Department of Public Safety officers who responded to the Robb Elementary School shooting in May have been under investigation since July, DPS records obtained by KSAT Investigates confirm.

The confirmed July 25 referral of DPS officers to the Office of Inspector General for doable disciplinary motion is way sooner than the early September date that has been extensively reported.

Lt. Col. Jeoff Williams, DPS deputy director of regulation enforcement companies, knowledgeable DPS’ high brass, together with Director Steve McCraw, on July 25 that he beneficial a listing of officers be positioned under investigation, records present.

“The Committee assigned to review the DPS employee response to the Uvalde school shooting has met and reviewed videos and statements. Upon initial review of the material, the Committee has identified actions which may be inconsistent with training and Department requirements. Consequently, I recommend the Office of Inspector General investigate the response/actions of the following officers,” Williams wrote the night of July 25.

DPS officers this week redacted the names of the officers included within the electronic mail, stating in a letter to KSAT Investigates that it couldn’t launch that data whereas the investigation into their actions is ongoing.

DPS officers have not stated what number of officers have been referred to the company’s OIG, an independent division of DPS that investigates doable misconduct by its staff, on July 25 particularly.

According to media studies, as many as seven DPS officers are actually being investigated for his or her actions on May 24 after a shooter entered the Uvalde elementary school, killing 19 college students and two lecturers.

A Texas House investigative report launched in mid-July detailed the failed regulation enforcement response.

Law enforcement, together with DPS officers, waited in a school hallway nicely over an hour earlier than a staff led by US Border Patrol brokers breached a classroom and killed the gunman.

Well over 300 regulation enforcement personnel, together with 91 officers from DPS, responded to the school as a part of the mass shooting response, officers have beforehand stated.

McCraw beforehand referred to as regulation enforcement’s response to the shooting an “abject failure.”

The electronic mail from Williams obtained by KSAT Investigates confirms OIG’s inquiry started a couple of week after the home report was launched publicly.

Disciplinary motion taken towards regulation enforcement personnel who responded to the shooting has been gradual going.

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Department Chief Pete Arredondo, who was described because the incident commander through the shooting, was fired by the district’s school board late final month.

Uvalde Police Department’s appearing chief on the day of the shooting, Lt. Mariano Pargas, was positioned on depart the day the home report was launched.

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