‘She says she’s shot, Johnny’: New bodycam clip shows Uvalde husband being restrained by fellow officers

In the latest release of sickening footage from the massacre at Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, police are seen restraining a fellow officer as he attempted to go into the classroom and save his wife as she lay wounded and dying.

Ruben Ruiz, 43, sidestepped other officers in a hallway after he learned through a phone call from his wife that she had been shot. He was pulled back by one officer and was then escorted away, his gun taken away from him. His wife, Eva Mireles, subsequently died.

“Hey, hey, hey, Ruben, Ruben, Ruben, Ruben,” someone offscreen says as Ruiz moves past the line of officers.

“She says she’s shot, Johnny,” Ruiz can be heard saying to another officer, who held him back as he attempted to rescue his wife.

Ruiz had previously been criticized after footage showed him checking his cell phone during the massacre, but it has since come to light that Mireles had called him to tell him she had been shot. Why he was restrained and kept from doing his duty as a husband and cop is just one of a thousand of questions still looming over the unmitigated tragedy.

Former speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives Terrance Carroll was one who spoke too soon. He tweeted, then deleted this:

“This really makes my blood boil,” adding, “This officer is checking his phone while kids & teachers are literally dying a few doors down.”

He has since offered no apology for getting it wrong and smearing the bereaved Ruiz.

“She’s in the classroom and he’s outside. It’s terrifying,” the Uvalde County judge, Bill Mitchell told The New York Times.

“I don’t know what was said,” he told the outlet. “He was talking to his wife.”

(Photo: Robb Elementary School)

According to a time stamp on the newly-revealed body camera footage, Ruiz made his attempt to enter the classroom at 11:48 am, around 15 minutes after the shooter began his murderous rampage. A further 63 minutes would elapse before the shooter was taken down.

According to the Daily Mail, Texas Department of Public Safety director Steve McCraw told of the detail in testimony to the Texas State Senate.

“We got an officer whose wife called him and said she’d been shot and she’s dying. He tried to move forward into the hallway. He was detained, and they took his gun away from him and escorted him off the scene.”

“Three minutes after the subject entered the west hallway, there was sufficient number of armed officers wearing body armor, to isolate distract and neutralize the subject,” McCraw told the committee as he related the timeline of events.

“The only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering room 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander, who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children,” McCraw said.

“The officers had weapons – the children had none. The officers had body armor – the children had none.”

“The law enforcement response to the attack at Robb Elementary was an abject failure and antithetical to everything we’ve learned over the last two decades since the Columbine Massacre,” McCraw declared.

The Texas House of Representatives recently concluded that several of the wounded may have survived if they had received medical treatment earlier.

Ruiz was trained in active shooter scenarios and had attended advanced SWAT school.

His wife, Eva Mireles, 44, had taught special education students at Robb Elementary School for 17 years.


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