UVALDE, Texas– Former Texas Department of Public Safety officer Crimson Elizondo resigned while under investigation for her response to the Uvalde school massacre. Although she was one of the people investigated in law enforcement’s failed response, she has now been hired to protect the city’s schoolchildren.
In a community rocked by one of the worst school shootings in history and still crying out for answers and accountability, CNN first learned that Elizondo, who is under investigation for her actions at Robb Elementary School, has found a new job Has.
Elizondo is the newly hired school police officer at Uvalde Primary School who is tasked with protecting some of the same students who survived the massacre.
Parents of children killed at Robb Elementary were the first to notice Elizondo on campus and recognized her from body camera footage of the shooting.
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Elizondo, a four-year veteran of the Texas DPS, was one of the first law enforcement officers on the scene on May 24. She resigned from the DPS over the summer and was hired by the Uvalde School District soon after.
Before Elizondo resigned from the DPS, her actions and the actions of six other DPS officers at the scene of the shooting were referred for further investigation.
In a redacted internal memo obtained by CNN to the organization’s director, DPS cited “measures that may not be consistent with training and departmental requirements” as the reason for the transfer.
Despite early efforts by state officials to blame the local police department in Uvalde for the failed response, a timeline of body camera footage shows Elizondo arrived at the scene just two minutes after the shooting began.
The new information now suggests she was among several DPS officers at the scene who may have taken action to stop the shooter. Footage shows them without a tactical bulletproof vest or long rifle, except kick with active marksman training.
She spends most of the 77 minutes before the classroom is broken into outside of school.
According to sources familiar with the investigation, Elizondo told investigators that without her gear, she was not comfortable joining the others inside.
Of nearly 400 police officers who responded to the shooting, 91 were from the Texas DPS. Seven of those officers were referred that day for further investigation into their conduct.
Elizondo is one of them. The other six are still working for DPS while investigations into their actions continue.
It is unclear if the Uvalde School District was aware of the investigation at the time Elizondo was hired. The district has not responded to emails, calls, or direct questions from CNN.
Elizondo’s hiring raises more questions about DPS and the lack of transparency surrounding its soldiers’ investigations and conduct.
Speaking to CNN in September, DPS director Steven McCraw promised he would resign if his agency was found to be at fault for the botched response.
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“I will be the first to resign. I will gladly resign. I will present my resignation to the governor. If I think the Department of Public Security is guilty, period, okay? officials held accountable. Nobody gets a passport, but every officer is held accountable,” McCraw said.
CNN also learned that Elizondo was videotaped after providing medical care to survivors and contemplating the horrors of what she saw inside.
An official asked if her children attended Robb Elementary School.
“Yes, my son is in daycare, he is not old enough yet. Yes, no, if my son had been there, I wouldn’t have been out, I promise you,” Elizondo said.
Nineteen children and two teachers were murdered in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary.
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