Bexar County deputies to carry extra tools in vehicles after Uvalde school shooting, sheriff says

SAN ANTONIO – Weeks after the deadly mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, investigators continue to unpack the events of that tragic day.

Leaders are taking steps to prevent such an incident from happening again. In Bexar County, that means MPs are getting more tools.

“I’m really, kind of bothered by this,” Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said.

As questions swirl about what police did or didn’t do while the shooter was at Robb Elementary on May 24, shooting innocent children and teachers, Sheriff Salazar is clear on what his deputies must do if they encounter an active shooter.

“We’re not waiting for SWAT. We practice reacting and getting in there,” he said.

“I want to remove any doubt in the minds of my deputies about what is expected of them. Get in there and the threat, stop killing, stop dying,” Salazar added.

Since the shooting that claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers, the sheriff has also made a decision. Now, Bexar County deputies will have to carry ballistic shields, battering rams and maces in their vehicles.

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“In an active shooter situation where seconds count…bullets always fly. There is still smoke in the air when the first responders arrive. These first responders [are] usually patrol assistants. And so, we are now putting in the hands of our patrol deputies tools that are typically seen deployed with the SWAT team.

We are told that only certain MPs have this equipment. The Sheriff’s goal is to have every patrol deputy carry these weapons in their vehicle every day.

Currently, the sheriff is fighting for a so-called red flag law in Texas. Nineteen states and Washington, DC have measures that allow people deemed a threat to have their firearms temporarily removed. Texas is not part of this group.

“I am not asking for the right, as a law enforcement officer, to go door to door, to seize weapons from people without probable cause. I’m saying if we, if we pass this, we should be able to… as members of the police or family… ask a judge for a warrant [and] examine [whether we should] take someone’s gun.

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In Austin, many attempts over the years to pass red flag laws have failed. The measure met a similar fate in Washington, D.C. But now the Senate is working on a bipartisan bill aimed at making mass shootings less likely. Sheriff Salazar said those in favor of tougher gun laws should keep fighting.

“We can keep demanding it and making noise until it becomes so uncomfortable and unpalatable for these politicians…to keep turning a blind eye to it.”

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