Ministry of Justice to review law enforcement response to Ovaldi mass shooting


The Ministry of Justice announced Sunday that it will conduct a serious incident review of law enforcement’s response to… Mass shooting in Ovaldi, Texas.

The review, which is being conducted at the request of Uvald Mayor Don McLaughlin, is tasked with providing “an independent report on law enforcement actions and reactions that day, identifying lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to them,” said Department of Justice spokesman Anthony Cooley. In a statement, “active shooting events.”

In a statement Sunday evening, McLaughlin thanked the Department of Justice for accepting his request, adding, “I am confident that the evaluation will be fair, transparent and independent.”

Texas authorities spent three days providing conflicting and incomplete information about 90 minutes have passed Between the time the gunman entered the school and when US Border Patrol agents opened the classroom door and killed him. Law enforcement officers from local, state and federal entities responded to the Uvalde shooting,

Nearly 20 officers were standing in the hall outside the classroom during The attack on Robb Primary School For more than 45 minutes before customers use a master key to unlock the door and confront the gunman, the Texas Department of Public Safety .s director of public safety Stephen McCro He said at a press conference Friday.

Officers at the scene of a school shooting in Ovaldi, Texas
Children flee the scene of a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Ovaldi, Texas, on May 24, 2022.

Pete Luna / Ovaldi Leader News

McCro said the commander at the site “was convinced at the time that there was no longer a threat to the children and that the subject was immune and that they had time to organize” to enter the classroom.

“Of course it was not the right decision. It was the wrong decision,” McCro told reporters.

earlier Sunday, Representative Val DemingsMs., who was Orlando’s police chief before she was elected to Congress, favored a federal investigation to determine what went wrong with Ovaldi’s response.

“Because there are so many agencies on the ground, it’s important to know the role that each agency plays,” said Margaret Brennan, episode director of “Face the Nation.” “It is important to know, was there any discussion about entering, those 19 offices that we were told were in the lobby, was there any discussion among other leaders from other departments? We should know the answers to these questions. And I believe that making A federal investigation is certainly possible.”

Uvald County Commissioner Ronald Garza He welcomed the idea of ​​a federal investigation when asked about it hours before it was announced. “I think we need to know more. As tragic as this sounds, we need to learn from this, you know, and parents deserve the answers,” he told Brennan on Face the Nation.

Once the Department of Justice has completed the review, it will publish a report with its findings.

Jeff Beggs contributed to this report.