‘Our deputies are trained to respond immediately’: Lake County Sheriff reacts to Uvalde shooting – NBC Chicago
Following Tuesday’s mass shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers at a Texas elementary school and the review of police response, Lake County Sheriff John D. Idleburg wrote a message to residents , explaining what action would be taken if an “active threat” were to occur in Lake County.
Police admitted to a series of astonishing failures on Friday – including driving right by the shooter – in responding to the shooting after days of confusion, scrutiny and a confusing timeline of law enforcement response . Police waited about 40 minutes before entering the school because the school district’s police chief believed there was no active threat, said Steven McCraw, director of the public safety department. from Texas.
The entry was not made until federal agents decided to ignore initial directives about half an hour after their arrival and proceeded to search for the shooter, two law enforcement sources told NBC. News.
In a statement posted to Facebook, Idleburg said the Lake County Sheriff’s Office had received numerous questions about how deputies would respond to an active shooter situation in light of information coming to light about the Texas shooting. The sheriff pointed out that the facts of the response continue to be published, and without jumping to conclusions, he wants the community to know that during an active threat “our deputies are trained to immediately respond to the threat and take all measures necessary to protect life.”
“Our deputies have full authority to immediately enter the scene and use their training to do what is necessary,” he added. “They train frequently, have the tools to enter buildings to protect life, and understand their enormous responsibility.”
Addressing the delay in breaching the classroom where the shooter was located, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw said that “in hindsight, where I am sitting now, of course, this is not was not the right decision. It was the wrong decision. There is no excuse for this.
Texas law enforcement officials have come under scrutiny for their handling of the attack after it was revealed it took more than an hour to arrest the shooter.