Uvalde Cops Also Held Back the Officer Whose Wife Was Shot and Dying
During the 77-minute period in which nearly 400 police officers took no collective action to engage and neutralize the Robb Elementary mass shooter who had trapped dozens of dead and wounded second-grade students inside a classroom with him, one officer can be seen heading down the hallway toward the killer’s location, according to recently released body cam footage.
The officer was Ruben Ruiz of the Uvalde Police Department. Ruiz was aware of the situation because he had received a call from his wife, Eva Mireles, a Robb Elementary teacher; Mireles, unfortunately, was inside the classroom and dying of a gunshot wound.
In the footage, Ruiz tries to hurry past the other officers and approach the classroom, gun in hand. He is stopped, and held back.
“She said she’s shot,” he protests, to no avail.
Wow. This is the moment when police kept Uvalde officer Ruben Ruiz, gun in-hand, from storming the classroom where his wife had been shot. (Via @davenewworld_2)
“She said she’s shot!” pic.twitter.com/wdcXLWVhqt
— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) July 20, 2022
Ruiz appeared in previously released footage, where he could be seen checking his phone. This was cited by some as further evidence of Uvalde P.D.’s lack of urgency, but it’s now more understandable: Ruiz was actively prevented from confronting the shooter, and his phone was his only means of contacting his wife.
“What happened to (Ruiz) is he tried to move forward into the hallway, he was detained and they took his gun away from him and they escorted him from the s
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