The brave Border Patrol agent who stormed Uvalde Elementary School with a borrowed shotgun to save his wife, daughter and 20 other children from active shooter says he was only trying to help as many people as possible, while local police were reprimanded for not acting soon enough.
Jacob Albarado, a United States Customs and Border Patrol agent, was having his hair cut when his wife, Trisha, a teacher at Robb Elementary School, texted him saying a shooting had taken place.
There’s a shooter on the loose…
“Help…I adore you,” reads the text.
Albarado told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham that he quickly borrowed his barber’s shotgun and rushed to school, where he was met with “complete chaos”.
“I just saw a whole bunch of kids running, running off campus, jumping out of windows, cops breaking windows,” he said.
Although his wife escaped, Albarado said he was looking for his daughter, Jayda, and helped officers clear the classrooms on his floor to save as many lives as possible.
“I wasn’t just trying to save my child, I was trying to get as many people out as possible,” he added.
Albarado’s daughter had been locked in a bathroom and was rescued as police finally broke into the school where 18-year-old school dropout and loner Salvador Ramos, who had bought the guns he had used for a week previously murdered 19 children. and their two teachers.
Albarado told Ingraham that the shooter bypassed his wife’s classroom and focused on rooms across the same hallway.
As he worked to eliminate the students, Albarado said his Border Patrol colleagues and the police were forming a tactical group to confront Ramos, who was eventually shot by a Border Patrol agent.
As the battle group prepared, Albarado said he split up with others to form an evacuation group to get students and staff out as quickly as possible.
Two officers provided cover, with their guns drawn, he told The New York Times, while two others guided the children and their teachers down the sidewalk, many of whom came out screaming.
Albarado said he was blessed he was able to keep his daughter safe as he hugged her and quickly asked her to keep moving as he continued to evacuate the others.
He added that while the community, where he was born and raised, is heartbroken by the shooting, they are grateful for the outpouring of support for Uvalde.
“Everyone pitched in,” he told Ingraham of the businesses that sent food and funds for grieving families. “You never thought such people would come out of the woodwork and help.”
Albarado’s swift action and that of his colleagues contrasts with that of Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) Police Chief Pete Arredondo, who has been heavily criticized for waiting to send officers into the building to stop the shooter.
Arredondo believed Ramos was barricaded inside the building alone and waited more than an hour before entering the classrooms despite desperate pleas from teachers and students at the school.
Investigators are trying to determine the facts surrounding the shooting, specifically why it took so long to end Ramos’ rampage.
Texas force has opened a routine investigation. In addition, on Sunday, the federal Department of Justice announced that it too was opening an investigation.
But on Tuesday, Travis Considine, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said Arredondo had stopped helping their investigations.
“The Uvalde and Uvalde CISD departments have cooperated with investigators,” he told DailyMail.com. “The head of CISD did an initial interview but did not respond to a request for a follow-up interview that was made two days ago.”
Although he said Arredondo did not respond to a request for a follow-up interview, Considine insisted that all law enforcement agencies were working together to investigate the shooting. .
“Much of their staff have been interviewing and giving statements to investigators, so calling these two departments uncooperative is absolutely wrong.”