AUSTIN (KXAN) — Juan Maldonado, a former Texas Department of Public Safety sergeant, responded to the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalda on May 24.
The gunman killed 19 students and two teachers.
“I cannot emphasize the loss of those families who have lost their loved ones,” Maldonado said.
In September, DPS served Maldonado with discharge papers stating that he did not act on the scene in the way a soldier with his extensive experience should have acted.
“I was shocked,” he said. The agency gave him the option of resigning instead of being fired. “It’s not something I’ve dreamed of in my life or of leaving the department I loved.”
Maldonado said he received no direct commands when he got to campus and that he acted on instinct.
“I was never given a specific role. My role, which I took on, was to save as many children as possible. Provide medical assistance to the wounded. I did what my mind told me and was busy all the time,” he said.
On Thursday, KXAN will have more information on his report, where Maldonado will answer why he didn’t run to class, what he knew about the shooter at the scene, and his message to officers who witnessed school shooting injuries.