Texas Soldier Fired for Inaction During Uvalde School Massacre: Official

One of the first Texas state police officers to arrive at the scene of the May 24 elementary school mass shooting has been fired by the Texas Department of Public Safety, a spokesman told ABC News.

“The department can confirm that resignation papers were served to Sgt. Juan Maldonado today,” a Texas DPS spokesman said.

FILE PHOTO: Investigators search for evidence outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 25, 2022, a day after an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 students and two teachers.

Investigators search for evidence outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on May 25, 2022, a day after an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 students and two teachers.

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Sergeant Juan Maldonado is one of seven members of the Texas DPS whose conduct was investigated by the DPS Inspector General for their actions or inaction during the shooting that killed 19 students and two of their teachers.

DPS announced on September 6 that five DPS officers at Robb’s location had been referred to IG. That number grew to seven.

Maldonado is the first to be disciplined and the IG investigation into him was the first to be completed, the official said.

“We expect more from our soldiers,” the official said.

Surveillance footage showed Maldonado holding the school door open and standing by as another officer ran bleeding from the building and begged others to go inside. Maldonado was accused of not following active shooter protocol.

Maldonado was a 23-year state agency veteran and public information officer for the region. Maldonado did not respond to ABC News for comment.

Some family members of Robb Elementary School victims have already been notified.

Berlinda Arreola, step-grandmother of Amerie Jo Garza, who was involved in the killing of the children, told ABC News it was “disappointing” that the police officers did not enter the classroom.

“He’s been a member of the community for years and had a chance to go in and save the children and teachers of a community he knew so well,” Arreola said.

The internal DPS investigation prompted the adoption of new DPS protocols. Now the policy dictates that once an “active shooter” has been declared at a school, the situation cannot be treated as anything else by Texas DPS personnel until the shooter or shooters are neutralized. Under the new rules, all DPS employees will be ordered to overrule any other police officer who stands in the way of active action to neutralize a school shooter.

McCraw is scheduled to testify about Robb Elementary’s response and investigation during a hearing in Austin Thursday.

ABC News’ Kate Holland contributed to this report.

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