Bodycam video shows the police officer husband of a teacher shot at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, being held back from apparently trying to rescue her amid the mass killing at the school in May.
Fox News published a clip showing Ruben Ruiz — his gun drawn — making his way past other law enforcement personnel outside a classroom.
At that point, a voice is heard calling out to “Ruben” in an apparent effort to get him to stop.
“She said she’s shot, Tony,” Ruiz tells another law enforcement official, Fox News said. The video shows a law enforcement official placing his hand on Ruiz’s shoulder and directing him back down the hallway and away from the classroom.
What’s the rest of the story?
TheBlaze reported last month that Eva Mireles — Ruiz’s wife and a teacher who was fatally shot — called Ruiz and told him she was dying. But when Ruiz tried to rescue her, he was detained, his gun was taken, and he was removed from the scene, according to Col. Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, NBC News reported.
Mireles, who taught 4th graders, was one of two adults killed in the massacre, along with 19 children. Ruiz is an Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District officer, the network added.
McCraw — who spoke during a Texas Senate hearing in June regarding the police response to the massacre — described what Mireles said to her husband and what happened to him when he tried to take action, the network said.
“We got an officer, Officer Ruiz, whose wife had called him and said she [had] been shot, and she’s dying,” McCraw said, according to video of the hearing. “What happened to him was he tried to move forward into the hallway … he was detained, and they took his gun away from him and escorted him off the scene.”
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McCraw did not say which agency had removed Ruiz from school grounds,
‘I keep telling myself that this isn’t real’
Adalynn Ruiz, the couple’s daughter, penned a tribute to her late mother on
“Mom, you are a hero. I keep telling myself that this isn’t real. I just want to hear your voice,” she wrote, adding that “I want everything back. I want you to come back to me mom. I miss you more than words can explain.”
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