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Moody was a teacher’s husband

A Uvalde ISD officer, on his phone in the first few minutes of a video of the slow police response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, was the husband of slain teacher Eva Mireles, acc

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According to a tweet from state Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, the husband of murdered teacher Eva Mireles was the Uvalde CISD officer seen on camera glancing at his phone in the opening few minutes of a video documenting the sluggish police reaction to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde.

Ruben Ruiz was one of four officers who raced inside the school on May 24 when Salvador Ramos, an 18-year-old gunman, entered with an assault-style rifle and started firing at students and staff in classrooms 111 and 112.

19 kids, two teachers, including Mireles, were killed by Ramos.

A three-person Texas House committee led by Moody is looking at how law enforcement handled the massacre. This Sunday, the committee intends to release its report.

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While children inside called 911 and begged for help, police from multiple local, state, and federal agencies waited for more than an hour before entering a door, which was probably unlocked, and killing Ramos.

On Twitter, the cop who Moody named as Ruiz has come under fire as a symbol of the law enforcement’s sluggish response to the massacre. After the shooter opens fire on other cops who were standing near the classroom doors, the officer can be seen in the footage staying at the end of a hallway.

On Wednesday, Moody tweeted a link to a New York Post article with the heading, “Uvalde officer examines phone with Punisher lock screen during Texas school shooting,” and a screen grab of the officer glancing at his phone.

In a tweet, Moody identified the man as the teacher Eva Mireles’ husband, who had called him from her classroom while he was on the scene to report that she had been shot and was in critical condition.

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Moody said, “I had not intended to make a public statement until the report was made, but I could say nothing watching this man, who has lost everything, smeared as if he were indifferent or willfully evil. Context is important.

“To those who, in your rush to judgment, haven’t bothered to read even the news that has been reported, I say that he tried to engage but was escorted out of the building and disarmed. We’ll have a lot to say about how the police handled the situation, but we won’t criticize this cop,” he said.

bchasnoff@express-news.net

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