In a statement, the Department of Justice said that Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin (R) asked the department to conduct a Critical Incident Review.
Spokesman Anthony Coley said that the DOJ’s Office of Community Oriented Policing will handle the review.
Politicians on both side of the aisle have called for accountability after the Uvalde police department’s narrative of its response to the shooting largely broke down.
Fox News reported that Representative Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) said it’s clear that “protocols were not followed” after it was revealed that officers delayed entering the classroom where the gunman had barricaded himself for over an hour while waiting for backup.
Crenshaw said “it’s hard not to see how someone doesn’t get fired” for the slow response and apparent coverup in the aftermath.
Head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Steven McCraw, said the chief of police was responsible for the delay, believing the shooter was no longer a threat as he isolated himself.
While officers followed him into the building within two minutes of his initial attack, it was another 47 minutes before a Border Patrol tactical team breached the door and dispatched the shooter.
The DOJ will publish a report with its findings after the investigation takes place.