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Tag: Jacob Albarado

Off-Duty CBP Agent Who Rescued Students Defends Police Response to Massacre at Texas School

Border Patrol Agent Jacob Albarado, via Facebook

By Steve Neavling

The off-duty CBP agent who rescued students during the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Texas defended the police response to the massacre.

Jacob Albarado told CBS News he believes officers did nothing wrong. 

“I can’t speak on their behalf on what they were doing and how they were assessing the situation because I wasn’t there,” he said. “I wasn’t trying to breach the door. I don’t know what was happening in their mind.”

He added, “I know my fellow officers and, to me, I believe they were doing everything in their power they could do.” 

The shooting claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers before law enforcement officers confronted the shooter and killed him. 

Police have faced widespread criticism over their failure to act promptly to stop the 18-year-old shooter, who had barricaded himself in a classroom full of children. 

More than an hour had passed before the shooter was killed.

The Justice Department is investigating the police response to the shooting.

Albarado was getting his hair cut when he received a frantic text message from his wife, who works at the school. He grabbed a shotgun from his barber and rushed to the school, slipped into a wing of the building and began rescuing students. 

How One Border Patrol Agent Rescued Students with His Barber’s Shotgun

Border Patrol Agent Jacob Albarado, via Facebook

By Steve Neavling

Jacob Albarado, an off-duty CBP agent, was getting his hair cut when he received a frantic text message from his wife. 

“There’s an active shooter,” she wrote. “Help.”

Albarado grabbed a shotgun from his barber and rushed to the Robb Elementary School, where 18-year-old gunman Salvador Ramos was opening fire, The New York Times reports.

Albarado’s wife and 8-year-old daughter were in the school. 

As a tactical team was preparing to enter the school, Albarado and several other officers slipped into a wing of the building where his wife and daughter were. 

While searching for his daughter, he began “clearing all the classes in her wing.”

After finding his daughter, Jayda, they hugged but he continued rescuing students. 

“I did what I was trained to do,” Albarado said.

Later, in a Facebook post, Albarado said the shooter had killed one of his daughters’ teammates and friends.

“I’m so angry, saddened and grateful all at once. Only time will heal their pain and hopefully changes will be made at all schools in the U.S. and teachers will be trained & allowed to carry in order to protect themselves and students,” he wrote.

Another Border Patrol agent is credited with shooting the gunman. He was shot and hospitalized.