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DPS suspends Texas Ranger amid investigation into Robb Elementary response

Christopher Kindell is one of seven DPS troopers whose actions at the Uvalde shooting are under close scrutiny.

SAN ANTONIO — A member of the Texas Rangers has been suspended amid investigations for his actions during May's shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde. 

Christopher Ryan Kindell was inside the school on May 24, when a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers. Sources tell CNN Kindell left the shooter unchallenged for more than an hour while he was on the scene. 

Kindell was seen on surveillance cameras often talking on his phone both inside and outside the school. He told investigators he was providing updates to agency superiors. 

The sources told CNN Kindell had no discussions about options to breach the classroom at Robb. He also apparently offered to negotiate with the shooter just minutes after gunshots were fired. 

Neither Kindell nor DPS have commented on this report. 

Kindell is one of seven Texas DPS officers who was referred for investigation by the agency's inspector general for their response at Robb. On Friday DPS fired Sgt. Juan Maldonado, the highest-ranking state trooper to initially response to the shooting. And since the start of school in Uvalde last month, another DPS trooper under investigation was hired by Uvalde CISD.

A day after that report broke, she was fired.


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