Chilling photos emerge of cops rescuing terrified students through windows during Texas school massacre as questions mount about WHY officers didn’t engage gunman immediately

New photos have emerged depicting part of the law enforcement response to the school massacre in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, as questions mount about why police didn’t engage the shooter more quickly.

The photos released on Friday were taken outside Robb Elementary as the siege unfolded on Tuesday, and show US Customs and Border Protection agents alongside local police and sheriff’s deputies, lifting children out of a window at the school.

After a siege lasting nearly an hour, it was eventually Border Patrol agents who used a master key to open the locked door of a classroom where they confronted and killed gunman Salvador Rolando Ramos, who killed 19 students and two teachers while barricaded inside. 

Officials admitted on Friday that nearly 20 officers stood in a hallway outside of the classrooms during the attack, believing any potential victims inside were already dead.

‘Of course it was not the right decision. It was the wrong decision,’ Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw said at a news conference.

US Customs and Border Protection agents (left) are seen alongside local police (center) and sheriff’s deputies (right) working to rescue kids from Robb Elementary on Tuesday

The on-site commander ‘was convinced at the time that there was no more threat to the children and that the subject was barricaded and that they had time to organize’ to get into the classroom, McCraw said.

McCraw said there was a barrage of gunfire shortly after Ramos entered the classroom where they killed Ramos but that shots were ‘sporadic’ for much of the 48 minutes while officers waited outside the hallway. 

He said investigators do not know whether or how many children died during those 48 minutes. 

He latter sobbed as he said he and other police officers ‘take an oath to protect people’ but failed. 

‘We want to know why this happened and know if we can do better next time,’ he said. 

Scores of Border Patrol agents also rushed to the scene after hearing the incident unfold on scanners. When they arrived, the Uvalde Police Department also told them not to go inside, according to a law enforcement official who spoke anonymously to The New York Times. 

Eventually, the agents joined parents and a handful of local police officers in pulling kids through windows from other classrooms. 

The agents did not understand why they were being told not to go inside when the gunman was still in the building. 

Experts have slammed the decision to wait for back up as ‘outdated’ and ‘disgusting’. 

‘Waiting an hour is disgusting. If that turns out to be true, then it is a disgusting fact,’ Sean Burke, a retired school resource officer from Massachusetts who now is the president of the School Safety Advocacy Council, told NBC. 

Texas cops said last night that they didn’t immediately rush in to find the shooter on Tuesday’s attack after being shot at because they feared they might be killed, and even suggested that they deliberately locked the gunman in the classroom where he slaughtered 21 people in order to trap him. 

After a siege lasting nearly an hour, it was eventually Border Patrol agents who used a master key to open the locked door of a classroom where they confronted and killed gunman Salvador Rolando Ramos

He latter sobbed as he said he and other police officers ‘take an oath to protect people’ but failed. 

‘We want to know why this happened and know if we can do better next time,’ he said. 

Scores of Border Patrol agents also rushed to the scene after hearing the incident unfold on scanners. When they arrived, the Uvalde Police Department also told them not to go inside, according to a law enforcement official who spoke anonymously to The New York Times. 

Eventually, the agents joined parents and a handful of local police officers in pulling kids through windows from other classrooms. 

The agents did not understand why they were being told not to go inside when the gunman was still in the building. 

Experts have slammed the decision to wait for back up as ‘outdated’ and ‘disgusting’. 

‘Waiting an hour is disgusting. If that turns out to be true, then it is a disgusting fact,’ Sean Burke, a retired school resource officer from Massachusetts who now is the president of the School Safety Advocacy Council, told NBC. 

Texas cops said last night that they didn’t immediately rush in to find the shooter on Tuesday’s attack after being shot at because they feared they might be killed, and even suggested that they deliberately locked the gunman in the classroom where he slaughtered 21 people in order to trap him. 

He latter sobbed as he said he and other police officers ‘take an oath to protect people’ but failed. 

‘We want to know why this happened and know if we can do better next time,’ he said. 

Scores of Border Patrol agents also rushed to the scene after hearing the incident unfold on scanners. When they arrived, the Uvalde Police Department also told them not to go inside, according to a law enforcement official who spoke anonymously to The New York Times. 

Eventually, the agents joined parents and a handful of local police officers in pulling kids through windows from other classrooms. 

The agents did not understand why they were being told not to go inside when the gunman was still in the building. 

Experts have slammed the decision to wait for back up as ‘outdated’ and ‘disgusting’. 

‘Waiting an hour is disgusting. If that turns out to be true, then it is a disgusting fact,’ Sean Burke, a retired school resource officer from Massachusetts who now is the president of the School Safety Advocacy Council, told NBC. 

Texas cops said last night that they didn’t immediately rush in to find the shooter on Tuesday’s attack after being shot at because they feared they might be killed, and even suggested that they deliberately locked the gunman in the classroom where he slaughtered 21 people in order to trap him. 

He latter sobbed as he said he and other police officers ‘take an oath to protect people’ but failed. 

‘We want to know why this happened and know if we can do better next time,’ he said. 

Scores of Border Patrol agents also rushed to the scene after hearing the incident unfold on scanners. When they arrived, the Uvalde Police Department also told them not to go inside, according to a law enforcement official who spoke anonymously to The New York Times. 

Eventually, the agents joined parents and a handful of local police officers in pulling kids through windows from other classrooms. 

The agents did not understand why they were being told not to go inside when the gunman was still in the building. 

Experts have slammed the decision to wait for back up as ‘outdated’ and ‘disgusting’. 

‘Waiting an hour is disgusting. If that turns out to be true, then it is a disgusting fact,’ Sean Burke, a retired school resource officer from Massachusetts who now is the president of the School Safety Advocacy Council, told NBC. 

Texas cops said last night that they didn’t immediately rush in to find the shooter on Tuesday’s attack after being shot at because they feared they might be killed, and even suggested that they deliberately locked the gunman in the classroom where he slaughtered 21 people in order to trap him. 

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