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Texas State Police Launch Internal Review of Uvalde School Shooting Response

The Texas Department of Public Safety said Monday it would review the state police response to the shooting at Uvalde Elementary School.

It is the first time the department has said it would assess its own response to the May 24 massacre, for which law enforcement has come under harsh criticism. A lone gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at the school, while it took officers more than an hour to confront and kill him.

The department told The Associated Press that its investigation would “specifically determine whether any violations of policy, law or doctrine occurred” in its officers’ response. The internal review was launched last week.

Nearly 400 law enforcement officers gathered in and out of the school for more than an hour, about 90 of them state troopers, before entering the classroom to arrest the 18-year-old gunman.

Col. Steven C. McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety (center), speaks with Texas State Police near Robb Elementary School on May 30.

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An officer with the Uvalde Police Department told investigators he was aware of 911 calls from inside the classroom, pleading with officers to respond, and yet no one attempted to enter.

On Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) called the House report’s findings “beyond disturbing” and said it raises “serious concerns about the response that day.”

That’s a sharp change in tone for Abbott, who, a day after the shooting, praised the officers, telling Texans “it could have been worse.”

“The reality is that as horrible as it happened, it could have been worse,” Abbott said at the time. “The reason it wasn’t worse is because law enforcement officials did what they do: They showed incredible courage running into the gunfire for the sole purpose of trying to save lives.”

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