Last week, we all watched the gut-wrenching video of police officers “waiting around” inside of Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas for 77 minutes, while you can hear gunshots ring off in the distance as 21 innocent victims, 19 of which were children, were killed at the hands of Salvador Ramos.
However, not all of the cops were willing to just sit back and wait, as video footage also circulated of SWAT Chief Eduardo Canales, pleading with the others to get going as shots kept firing.
Another officer on the scene, school police officer Ruben Ruiz, 43, could also be seen trying to make his way to the shooter, after he learned his wife, teacher Eva Mireles, had just been shot. He was one of the first on the scene.
With that being said, according to the New York Post, new bodycam footage has circulated of Ruiz, trying to do everything he possibly can to get into his wife’s classroom.
Although he was trying hard to get back there, officers restrained him from making the move.
After receive a text from his wife that said she was shot, officer Ruiz, with his firearm in hand, makes an attempt to pass through the group of officers gathered in the hallway and rescue his wife.
However, he’s immediately stopped. Another officer can be heard saying:
“Hey hey hey– Ruben, Ruben, Ruben, Ruben.”
Ruiz says while frantically checking his phone:
“She says she’s shot, Johnny.”
This is when Ruiz was detained, and escorted out of the building.
Tragically, his wife passed succumbed to her wounds while her husband was forced to stand down.
Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw confirmed that he was removed from the scene:
“He (Ruiz) was detained, and they took his gun away from him and escorted him off the scene.”
McCraw, who had just held active-shooter drills at Ramos’ high school, continued:
“He notes that she’s been shot… he’s talking about his wife.”
Throughout the footage, you can hear Ruiz plead:
“It’s my wife’s classroom… He’s firing– he’s firing! I can hear it clearly. They’re in my wife’s classroom.”
Body cam footage of Uvalde PD keeping Officer Ruben Ruiz away from his wife's classroom. Eva Mireles bled out while her husband was on the other side of the wall. pic.twitter.com/wFoUWpFdhf
The footage is absolutely heartbreaking, and I can’t even imagine what it feels like knowing a loved one could possibly be getting murdered only a few yards away, and you aren’t allowed to do a single thing about it.
My heart absolutely breaks for Officer Ruiz and his family, along with the 20 others who lost their lives.