An agent rushed into Robb Elementary School without waiting for assistance, according to an unidentified law enforcement official. The gunman, who was hiding behind a barricade, was shot and killed by the Border Patrol agent.
A Border Patrol agent is being credited with killing the gunman in a deadly mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday.
According to the source, the as-yet-unidentified agent was wounded but was able to leave the school.
The agent who shot and killed the gunman was a member of an “elite” tactical unit and had entered the school with a team while Texas law enforcement officers were engaged with the shooter, Border Patrol sources told Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin.
“I’m told that that BORTAC agent went in with his technical group with other agents. They formed a stacking maneuver while Texas law enforcement was engaged with the shooter, who was barricaded,” Melugin reported to Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
“They came in from opposite sides. The BORTAC agent ended up exchanging gunfire with the shooter, killed the shooter, and I am told that the agent was injured in his leg. They are trying to figure out if he was shot in the leg or hit by shrapnel,” He said.
The Department of Homeland Security oversees the Border Patrol.
Marsha Espinosa, the assistant secretary of public affairs for DHS tweeted, “U.S. Border Patrol Agents responded to a law enforcement request for assistance re an active shooter situation inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Upon entering the building, Agents & other law enforcement officers faced gunfire from the subject, who was barricaded inside.”
U.S. Border Patrol Agents responded to a law enforcement request for assistance re an active shooter situation inside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Upon entering the building, Agents & other law enforcement officers faced gun fire from the subject, who was barricaded inside.
— Marsha (Catron) Espinosa (@MCatronDHS) May 25, 2022
“Risking their own lives, these Border Patrol Agents and other officers put themselves between the shooter and children on the scene to draw the shooter’s attention away from potential victims and save lives,” Espinosa added.