Uvalde officers' ballistic shields wouldn't have stopped rifle rounds, 하지만 망설임은 목숨을 앗아간다: 전문가

But although officers on scene at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, 텍사스, 5월 공격 후 몇 분 안에 도착 24, 그들은 복도에 게시했습니다.

Images from inside the school show that the officers on scene had long guns and body armor, as well as ballistic shields. But they stacked up down the hallway and did not breach the classroom, where the gunman who killed 19 children and two adults holed up.

Children inside the elementary school classroom called 911 multiple times pleading for help.

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Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw testifies at a Texas Senate hearing relating to last month's mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, 화요일, 유월 21, 2022, in Austin, 텍사스. Two teachers and 19 students were killed.

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw testifies at a Texas Senate hearing relating to last month’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, 화요일, 유월 21, 2022, in Austin, 텍사스. Two teachers and 19 students were killed. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

But it wasn’t until 77 minutes after the 18-year-old killer entered the school that a tactical team breached the classroom door and shot him dead, 당국에 따르면. That was far too long, 전문가들은 말한다.

If you attack the shooter, you disrupt the shooter’s plan, and the shooter has to defend himself,” Dave Katz, a former special agent with 미국. Drug Enforcement Administration and now the CEO of Global Security Group, 폭스 뉴스 디지털에 말했다. “And if the shooter is shooting at you, that is better than having the shooter attack children.

Based on the images from inside the school, he said it appeared as though the officers had inadequate Level IIIA ballistic shields, which are designed to protect only against common pistol rounds, and based on their formation in the hallway, insufficient training. Katz said his expertise includes being a master shield instructor and leading the DEA’s shield program in the 1990s.

Those were the wrong shields for the operation,” 그는 말했다. “Those guys had the wrong equipment and the wrong training.

More robust Level III shields would have protected the officers, 그는 말했다, but even without them, they should have attacked the gunman.

The moment those kids are in danger, the shields go down, you advance down the hallway, and if you’re shot at, shoot back,” said Katz, a father of three. “If you go down, the next guy will get him.

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He said police should train to react quickly and aggressively and warned that schools should have their exterior doors locked at all times

텍사스 공공 안전국 Director Steve McCraw told the state Senate’s Special Committee to Protect All Texans last week that the police response to the active shooting was anabject failure and antithetical to everything we’ve learned over the last two decades since the Columbine massacre.

He said that the first officers on scene had sufficient numbers and firearms to have stopped the gunman within three minutes.

At least one DPS special agent appeared bothered by the lack of action being taken at the scene, according to the updated timeline released by law enforcement.

If there’s kids in there, we need to go in there,” a DPS special agent repeated twice at 11:56 오전. An unknown officer responded, “Whoever is in charge will determine that.

The only thing stopping the hallway of dedicated officers from entering room 111 과 112 was the on-scene commander, who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children,” McCraw said at the hearing. “The officers had weapons; the children had none. The officers had body armor; the children had none. The officers had training; the subject had none.

이상 10 장교 entered the school less than three minutes into the shooting, McCraw said previously, but the incident commander, Uvalde school Police Chief Pete Arredondo, allegedly held up their advance.

Uvalde Police Chief Pete Arredondo speaks at a press conference following the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, 텍사스, 우리., 할 수있다 24, 2022.

Uvalde Police Chief Pete Arredondo speaks at a press conference following the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, 텍사스, 우리., 할 수있다 24, 2022. (Mikala Compton/USA TODAY NETWORK via REUTERS)

Arredondo ordered the officers to wait for more tactical gear and a key to unlock the classroom door, McCraw said. Investigators later determined that the door was likely unlocked.

McCraw said it wasplain and simplethat there was insufficient training, and he accused Arredondo of makingterrible decisionsas well as delaying officers from other agencies who wanted to move in on the suspect.

Arredondo did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

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The bottom line is no one was in charge,” said Katherine Schweit, ㅏ former FBI special agent who launched the bureau’s active shooter program.

She said the response was out of sync with how police train for active shooter crises.

I believe in the police chief’s first interview, 그는 말했다, ‘I wasn’t in charge,’ and now we’re hearing he was in charge,” 그녀는 Fox News Digital에. “The bottom line is no one was in charge.

Crosses with flowers are dedicated to each of the victims of the Uvalde mass shooting. People bring flowers, stuffed animals and cards to the town square memorial one month later.

Crosses with flowers are dedicated to each of the victims of the Uvalde mass shooting. People bring flowers, stuffed animals and cards to the town square memorial one month later. (Ashley Soriano/Fox News)

Active shooter response policy, which Schweit helped formulate in the wake of the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, involves directly pursuing the suspect, then neutralizing him, 그녀가 말했다.

We learned from Columbine that we had to do a more effective job of getting in to get to where the shooter was, not just to stop the shooting, but also to look for opportunities to save people who might be injured and bleeding out,” 그녀가 말했다.

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That also means moving in, whether officers have ballistic shields or not, and regardless of whether they’re of the appropriate level.

Everybody wants to have the best, safest equipment, that’s great,” 그녀가 말했다, “But no active shooter training requires ballistic shields.

Training requires officers topursue the shooter, 기간,” 그녀가 말했다. And if they had, the uncertainty about the door lock wouldn’t have even mattered.