Report: Officer Wanted To Save Teacher Wife From Uvalde Classroom But Was Detained And Had His Gun Taken Away

A police officer whose wife had called him from inside a Uvalde classroom as she lay bleeding heavily during the school shooting a month ago was reportedly detained and had his gun taken away when he tried to save her.

The news marks yet another in a long line of enraging responses by officials during the massacre killed at Robb Elementary school where a gunman shot and 19 children and two teachers.

An analysis of documents and security video by the Texas Tribune earlier this week revealed officers on the scene had the protective equipment and firepower necessary to confront the killer but waited over an hour for orders directing them to do so.

Over a dozen students in the classroom were still alive during that timeframe. Many of the victims were bleeding due to the wounds they suffered. One teacher died while being transported by ambulance.

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Police Officer Husband Tried to Save Uvalde Teacher Wife

The Tribune report contradicts statements from Uvalde police chief Pete Arredondo who, according to a New York Times on June 9th, enforced heavily advised armed officers on the scene to wait “for protective equipment to lower the risk to law officers.”

They had the equipment and firepower, security footage shows.

It also contradicted his own statements to the Tribune about trying to get into the classroom doors, something they apparently didn’t attempt to do.

“A debate over whether the locked classroom doors could be breached gave way to the discovery that they may never have been locked at all,” the report revealed.

Sitting outside a classroom with an active shooter for over an hour while the doors may have been unlocked is infuriating enough. It had to be mind-numbingly maddening for Ruben Ruiz of the school district police force.

His wife, Eva Mireles, was a fourth-grade teacher at Uvalde. She called Ruiz to let her know she was bleeding heavily and likely dying.

“She says she is shot,” he told other officers on the scene.

RELATED: NYT Investigation: Over a Dozen Children Were Still Alive In Uvalde Classroom While Police Waited For ‘Protective Equipment’

Her Husband Was Detained

Some social media users initially suggested this was another show of cowardice on the part of one police officer. It turns out it was actually another show of cowardice by those who were in charge of the response.

An official with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) told the Tribune that “Ruiz was soon escorted away by other officers on the scene.”

DPS Director Col. Steven McCraw confirmed that Officer Ruiz was prevented from saving his wife, Uvalde teacher Eva Mireles.

“What happened to him, is he tried to move forward into the hallway,” McCraw said. “He was detained and they took his gun away from him and escorted him off the scene.”

Mireles later died from her injuries.

It is unclear – and McCraw did not reveal it – who had Ruiz detained and removed or what agency they worked for.

The latest update is obscene.

An armed officer trained to stop an active shooter, with protective equipment on hand and a potentially unlocked door in front of him, who had more motivation than those around him to stop the carnage, was arrested and disarmed long before the actual shooter was.

McCraw also referred to the police response to the Uvalde shooting as “an abject failure” Tuesday and suggested the shooter could have been taken down in minutes.

“Three minutes after the subject entered the west hallway, there was a sufficient number of armed officers wearing body armor, to isolate distract and neutralize the subject,” he told a State Senate committee.

McCraw indicated one officer on the scene should have been enough for Arredondo to green light an attempt to take down the shooter.

“You don’t wait for a SWAT team. If you got one officer’s that enough. You don’t have to wait for 11, or 12, or 15 or 30. One’s enough,” McCraw stated. “If you’re there on the scene, you have an obligation to go and immediately engage the shooter, and really, stop the killing.”

“That’s preached, practiced and required in the state of Texas,” he added.

Ruiz may have been the one who could have stopped the shooter and reduced the excruciatingly long timeframe in which students and his wife, as well as another teacher, were bleeding in that Uvalde classroom.

And he was detained instead.

The incompetence, in this case, is nearly unbelievable.

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