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Officers at Uvalde had rifles, ballistic shield - but still waited an hour to enter classroom

Officers at Uvalde had rifles, ballistic shield - but still waited an hour to enter classroom | 20 June 2022 | Multiple police officers armed with rifles and a ballistic shield were inside Robb Elementary School 19 minutes after the gunman, according to new details -- yet law enforcement still waited roughly an hour to breach the classroom where the shooter carried out his deadly rampage last month. The new details were included in reports by Austin American Statesman and KVUE on Monday and mark the latest revelations into the botched police response to the May 24 mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 students and two teachers dead. Surveillance footage from inside the school showed the armed officers standing inside a hallway at 11:52 a.m. after gunman Salvador Ramos broke into the school at 11:33 a.m. through an exterior door that had failed to automatically lock. The newly reported account contradicts earlier reports that Uvalde school district police Chief Pete Arredondo, who was in charge of the police response, was waiting for tactical gear and a protective shield to move on the gunman.