2 other Texas DPS officers will be investigated over Uvalde



CNN

The Texas Department of Public Safety sent two more officers to the agency’s Office of Inspector General late last week to investigate the response to the shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, a department spokesman told CNN on Tuesday.

That brings to seven the number of officers under formal investigation. Five agents were initially targeted on September 6. Two of the officers have been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation and the other five remain on the job.

It is unknown what actions of these agents, who have not been publicly identified, led to their referrals.

A total of 91 officers from the department responded to Uvalde’s shooting on May 24, according to a report by a Texas House of Representatives committee. Amid the furor over the broader law enforcement response, the agency has come under intense scrutiny to reveal details of its officers’ actions at the scene.

The Department of Public Safety includes state troopers and the Texas Rangers.

In an exclusive interview with CNN last Thursday, agency director Steven McCraw vowed to fire any member of his department who wasn’t doing his job: “No one gets a pass.”

His commitment came after CNN tracked him down and confronted him with the minutes of an internal meeting in which he allegedly told highway patrol captains to the contrary: “nobody’s losing their job” because of a lackluster law enforcement response.

While confirming much of the information alleged in the memorandum, McCraw said he was misquoted about the possibility of a shooting and that his comments only referred to the agency’s regional director, Victor Escalon, and would not end.

“I reviewed his actions, and there’s nothing he could have done other than what he did,” McCraw said.