ONEIDA CO. Wis (WAOW) – Leaked footage showed Uvalde responders entering Robb Elementary School just minutes after the shooter, but waited over an hour to engage and take down the shooter.
Oneida County Sheriff’s Department officials said it was too long.
“It hurt my stomach, I had trouble digesting.” said Captain Tyler Young.
After working in law enforcement for nearly 30 years, he said he had never seen anything like it.
“[It’s hard] for me to understand the wait, and know what’s going on, and not do anything to stop it.” Young said, “At no time in my career have I seen someone go to training where you wait.”
Knowing his own background, both as a family man and a former school resource officer of five, he knew his responsibility.
“Working in a school, you really feel like you own these kids,” he said, “there was no way that if something like this were to happen, I wouldn’t go alone and fix this. situation immediately.”
He said the first and most important part of the active shooter response is to act and eliminate the threat immediately.
“There is no time to wait, as lives are lost as this clock ticks.”
While he doesn’t know all the details of the response to the Uvalde massacre, he said law enforcement across the country can learn from it.
“The answer has come, and it can’t be taken away, I guess my role now is to ensure that the training, that the deputies that I oversee are trained to operate in a different way than what has happened. produced in Texas.” said Young.
Because at the end of the day, it’s about protecting and saving lives.
“It’s responsibility, it’s duty.”
He said he was confident that if the need for a similar response arose here, they would be ready to respond quickly and effectively.