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(UVALDE, Texas) — For some of the officers responding to the Texas school shooting, it was personal.
When gunshots rang out at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Customs and Border Protection officers responded immediately.
Law enforcement sources said the children of ABC News Border Patrol agents were inside.
A CBP officer was shot but is expected to recover, sources said, one of at least a dozen officers — on and off duty — who rushed to the scene.
“At the risk of their own lives, these Border Patrol agents and other officers placed themselves between the shooter and the children at the scene to distract the shooter from potential victims and save lives,” Marsha said. Espinosa, assistant secretary for public affairs for the Department of Homeland Security, tweeted.
Nineteen children and two teachers were killed – the second deadliest school shooting in US history.
CBP Rio Grand Valley Section Chief Jason Owens told ABC News that BORTAC, the Border Patrol’s elite tactical team, also responded.
Many CBP officers live in Uvalde, CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said in a statement.
“CBP responded to the incident immediately with local law enforcement,” Magnus said in a statement late Tuesday. “Many of our local CBP employees live in Uvalde; they call this community home and they work to protect their families, friends and neighbors every day.”
Owens told ABC News it was a rare positive amid the tragedy.
“In the worst times, you can also see the best in people,” Owens said. “And that’s what I’ve seen time and time again in these South Texas communities.”
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