May 25 Texas Shooting News

US Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz said dozens of on- and off-duty officers responded to the shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, adding that once officers arrived, “they didn’t hesitate.”

“We responded from different locations. I had people on and off duty, people who were in a training environment, all responded at this location,” Ortiz said, adding between 80-100 officers.

“They didn’t hesitate. They came up with a plan. They went into that classroom and resolved the situation as quickly as possible,” Ortiz told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

Among those who responded were members of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit, or BORTAC, a specialized unit made up of highly trained officers who respond to “emerging and high-risk incidents,” the agency said.

One officer was injured and has since been released from hospital.

“I’ve talked to my officers, especially the officer who was injured yesterday. Nothing prepares you for a scene like they saw and seen yesterday,” Ortiz said.

Border Patrol, given its involvement, will participate in the investigation.

Earlier Wednesday, Chief Jason Owens, who heads the Del Rio sector for Border Patrol, told CNN’s Mark Morales that the uniforms of the officers responding to the scene were “covered in blood.”

“I took my agents back to Uvalde station. I had to bring new uniforms to exchange. This was a mockery and a tragedy on a level that few people will ever see, and that no one should see,” he said. Owens. , stressing that the response was a concerted effort by law enforcement.

US Customs and Border Protection has a large presence in Uvalde, which is about 60 miles from the Texas-Mexico border. According to Owens, some officers had relatives who attended the school.

“I had cops reacting to this scene with kids they didn’t know were okay or not. We had a couple who were affected by this. And we had one cop who lost a granddaughter, we had others who lost relatives,” said Owens.

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