Texas Lieutenant says cops were reluctant to engage school gunman because ‘they could’ve been shot’

(Video Credit: CNN)

Uvalde police are being excoriated by both liberal and conservative media who are demanding answers over why it took them so long to take the gunman down at Robb Elementary School and why the facts of the story seem to keep changing.

Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Chris Olivarez told CNN host Wolf Blitzer on Thursday on “The Situation Room” that officers were reluctant to confront the gunman without backup because “they could’ve been shot.” It reportedly took them more than an hour to neutralize the threat and during that time, 19 children and two teachers were murdered.

Uvalde police were grilled during a press conference on Thursday and reporters wanted answers concerning why the timeline of events and the facts keep shifting. This followed some parents with children in the school claiming they were stopped from going in to get their kids by officers.

One little girl reportedly bled for an hour after being shot according to MSNBC. She later died at a hospital and it isn’t known whether she would have survived or not if police had gotten to her sooner.

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Blitzer asked Olivarez if the police made the right decision to wait for backup before they confronted the shooter.

Olivarez pointed out that officers were inside the building quickly and immediately heard gunfire taking place. They then called for reinforcements and waited for a Border Patrol tactical team. Meanwhile, they allegedly isolated the gunman in one classroom.

“Don’t current best practices, don’t they call for officers to disable a shooter as quickly as possible, regardless of how many officers are actually on-site?” Blitzer asked.

Olivarez explained that if the police had rushed to take out the gunman before backup arrived, they could have been shot and killed.

“The active shooter situation, you want to stop the killing, you want to preserve life, but also one thing that – of course, the American people need to understand — that officers are making entry into this building. They do not know where the gunman is. They are hearing gunshots,” he noted.

“They are receiving gunshots. At that point, if they proceeded any further not knowing where the suspect was at, they could’ve been shot, they could’ve been killed, and that gunman would have had an opportunity to kill other people inside that school,” Olivarez stated.

CNN was not the only outlet to question the actions of the police and what happened during the shooting. Fox News host Tucker Carlson also tore into the police over statements they made concerning the horrific incident.

“It seems apparent that when that video was shot, the gunman was still alive with the firearm in the school with children in the school. Now, a Texas official later suggested on camera that while all of this was happening, some members of law enforcement in Texas went into the school to get their own children out. Is that true? If it is true, it’s a moral crime, at the very least,” he said.

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“In the meantime, we know that police were forcibly keeping parents away from the building. At one point, an officer held a Taser at his side,” Carlson charged.

“So the point is not to point fingers or blame people. Nobody wants a school shooting. Everyone’s heart is broken by it, but the authorities are not allowed to lie to us in the aftermath of an event like this and our federal officials are not allowed to take an event like this, ignore the facts, and then use it to take our constitutional rights away,” Carlson continued.

“So, what are the facts? Well, here’s the news story from Texas DPS. At 11:28 a.m., the shooter crashed his truck outside. He then pulled a gun and began shooting indiscriminately at two people at a funeral home. That confirms what the witness, Carranza, said. He also shot at the school building,” he recounted, digging into the timeline of the shooting.

“During that time, as you’d expect, people were calling the police. 12 minutes later, at 11:40 a.m., the shooter went inside the building. How did that happen? Then 4 minutes after that, the police finally went inside the building. So, in all, there was a 16-minute gap until the police showed up and responded. So why did that take so long? That is a fair question. In fact, it’s a critical question. Even at the Parkland School shooting, when police staged outside, students were being murdered, police wound up inside the building 11 minutes after the shooter, but in this case, it was 16 minutes. Why was that? We have a right to know, but today, police wouldn’t say,” Carlson remarked.

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“So the second the shooting starts anywhere, at any time, things get very confusing. They used to call it the fog of war. It’s entirely real. It’s hard to figure out exactly what happened when people start getting killed. But on the big questions, it’s very obvious immediately. Was there a school resource officer who exchanged fire with the gunman?” he asked.

“That’s not something you would imagine. That either happened or it didn’t and you would know right away if it happened or it didn’t. It didn’t happen, but they said it did happen. That’s a lie. Why did they lie? Police did say that officers went inside the school for 4 minutes after the suspect, but then they were treated outside the school and then police did not reenter the school for another hour. During that time, they say they were waiting for backup, including for some reason for multiple crisis negotiators,” the Fox News host commented.

“Now, no matter how pro-law enforcement you are – and we are – there’s only so much B.S. you can take in the face of a tragedy like this. ‘We’re waiting for specialized equipment?’ You have an 18-year-old with a firearm and little kids being killed. What kind of specialty equipment do you need? Negotiators, really? As children are being murdered? One 11-year-old child says she smeared herself with a friend’s blood to convince the gunman she had already been shot to death,” he said.

“Another fourth-grader who survived the shooting said that police told kids inside to call out for help while the shooter was still shooting. Then the gunman killed a student who followed police instructions and called out for help. So, if you’re wondering why police waited an hour for negotiators to talk to a gunman who’s indiscriminately murdering children, you’re not the only one. They were asked about this at the briefing today. Was the door really barricaded or was it just locked? Police wouldn’t respond to a simple question like that,” Carlson stated.

“So, two days after this massacre, authorities are slowly admitting that everything they told us was, in fact, untrue. There was no school resource officer. They’re not even sure how the door was barricaded. These matter, these questions. If you wanted to stop mass shootings in the future, figuring out how this happened would be the place to start, but of course, there’s nothing in Joe Biden’s latest executive order on policing in the memory of Saint George Floyd that addresses anything related to the shooting. And nothing under consideration for Mitch McConnell who tells you he cares about the facts above all will do anything to punish police officers who hide… children die because the point of this is not to protect children,” he continued.

“These ghouls drawing politically convenient conclusions, accusing people who have no connection whatsoever to this massacre, of murder, all on the basis of no evidence, and then when the evidence emerges and it doesn’t comport with the politically convenient story they want to tell, they simply ignore it,” Carlson added.

“But the rest of us should not ignore it. We should not avert our gaze. We should demand the truth. We should demand to know what happened. The children who are murdered deserve at least that,” he concluded.

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