Outrage at reports cops engaged gunman before he entered Texas school, border patrol agent rushed in later

(Video: CNN)

A Texas Department of Public Safety official confirmed to CNN late Tuesday that law enforcement had engaged Uvalde school shooter Salvador Ramos moments before he entered Robb Elementary School and actually committed the mass shooting.

Sgt. Erick Estrada explained to CNN’s Anderson Cooper that prior to the mass shooting, Ramos had murdered his grandmother and then apparently fled the scene.

“The first incident was involving the suspect at their grandmother’s residence, where he shot the grandmother and then the grandmother was airlifted,” he said.

Afterward, Ramos apparently crashed his vehicle outside Robb Elementary School, at which time several “ISD police officers” engaged him. ISD is short for independent school district.

“[T]he suspect did crash near a ditch here nearby the school. That’s where he exited his vehicle with, I believe, it was a rifle, and that’s when he attempted to enter the school where he was engaged by law enforcement, and unfortunately, he was able to enter the premises,” Estrada said.

“So what got reported was a call of a man of a gun that had crashed nearby the Robb Elementary School, and then he was observed exiting the vehicle with a long rifle and a backpack. He also had body armor with him. That’s whenever the, I believe the ISD police officers engaged him.”

It remains unclear why the officers allowed him entry into the school. What’s known is that once inside, he opened fire, killing an estimated 20+ people, including over a dozen children and at least two teachers.

Critics say that the preliminary reports coming out of Uvalde bear an eerie resemblance to the reports that emerged following the Stoneman Douglas High School mass shooting four years ago in Parkland, Florida.

Recall that after the shooting, then-Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputy Scot Peterson was found to have taken a “tactical position of cover” and waited for a swat team instead of engaging with shooter Nikolas Cruz.

Speculation that the same thing happened in Uvalde is growing (*Language warning):

Some members of the left have taken to using this speculation to argue that the theory that a “good guy with a gun stops a bad guy with a gun” is false.

Yet the shooting ultimately came to an end when a good guy with a gun entered Robb Elementary School and killed Ramos.

“A Border Patrol agent who was working nearby when the shooting began rushed into the school without waiting for backup and shot and killed the gunman, who was behind a barricade, according to a law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk about it,” the Associated Press reported.

Department of Homeland Security assistant secretary of public affairs Marsha Espinosa has more below on U.S. Border Patrol’s involvement in the case:

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