Uvalde mom tried to rush in and save kids says cops threatened her

Uvalde mom handcuffed by ‘coward’ cops for trying to rush inside school and save her kids says police threatened her with a probation violation for obstruction of justice if she spoke to media

  • Angeli Rose Gomez, who was handcuffed trying to rescue her kids at the Uvalde school shooting, said police are threatening her to keep her quiet
  • Gomez has been critical of the local police’s late response in getting into the Robb Elementary school to stop the rampage that left 21 dead
  • She said she got a call from law enforcement saying she could face a probation violation for obstruction of justice if she keeps talking with the media 
  • The heroic mom said the judge overseeing her probation told her she would be save and encouraged her to share her story
  • It comes as Uvalde chief Pete Arredondo faces criticism for instructing police to stand back when he incorrectly believed the shooter was barricaded alone 

A mom who was handcuffed by cops for trying to save her children during the Texas school shooting has blasted police for threatening her for talking to the media.

Angeli Rose Gomez slammed officers for warning her with a probation violation for obstruction of justice over her interviews with journalists.

She said she was called by an officer who said she would be hit with legal trouble over a charge against her from over a decade ago.

But she insisted she would not be cowed and would continue sharing her story after the judge ruling over her previous case said she would be fine.

Gomez was arrested by bungling cops outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde after she tried to rush in to save her two children while they cowered outside.

She has slammed the police’s response to the tragedy – which saw 19 students and two teachers slaughtered – and praised parents who tried to enter the school.

Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo faces a furious backlash for not sending in a team fast enough to end 18-year-old Salvador Ramos’ vile rampage.

Angeli Rose Gomez, who was handcuffed trying to rescue her kids at the Uvalde school shooting, said police are threatening her to keep her quiet

Gomez, pictured with her two kids, was handcuffed when she tried to get into the Robb Elementary School to save them. She has been a vocal critic of the police’s delayed response to stop the massacre that left 19 students dead and their two teachers 

The police has faced backlash after they restrained parents at the scene (pictured) who were desperately trying to save their kids as they grew frustrated over the cop’s inaction

Uvalde was able to run into the school and rescue her two kids while bullets still echoed in the building, contradicted police’s initial judgment that the shooter was barricaded alone in a classroom when they got to the scene and waited an hour to act

Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) Police Chief Pete Arredondo faces the brunt of the backlash over his leadership of the police response


Gomez has criticized the police’s slow response and their action in handcuffing her and restraining other parents who tried to rush into the school to rescue the kids as they grew frustrated over the inaction.

‘Nothing was being done,’ Gomez told CBS said of the cops who kept her back, saying it was for her own safety.

‘If anything, they were being more aggressive against us parents who were willing to go in. 

‘I told one of the officers, I don’t need you to protect me. Get away from me. I don’t need your protection.’ 

‘If anything, I need you to go in there with me and protect my kids.’ 

Gomez had raced to the school district after learning about the shooting in a desperate attempt to rescue her children. 

Once she arrived at the scene, she a U.S. Marshall immediately confronted her and told her to move her car and stay away from the school. 

‘He said, ‘Well, we’re going to have to arrest you because you’re being very uncooperative,” Gomez told CBS. ‘I said, well you’re going to have to arrest me because I’m going in there.’

‘I’m telling you, I don’t see any of y’all in there. Y’all are standing with snipers and far away. If y’all aren’t going in their, I’m going in there.’      

Gomez said she was able to convince a Uvalde officer whom she knew to have the marshal free her and she took the opportunity to move away from the crowd, jump the school fence, and ran inside the school where she rescued her children herself.

She said that other parents also trying to get to their kids were tackled and even pepper-sprayed by police.

Gomez added that when she was inside the school looking for her kids and instructing others to flee from the direction she entered, there where still gunshots being fired despite Arredondo’s belief that the shooter was already barricaded alone inside a room when police arrived. 

She said that while she was happy she was able to rescue her kids, she’s heartbroken about the parents who lost their children, like Angel Garza, a local dad who was handcuffed alongside Gomez. 

The medic told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that when he arrived at the scene, he tried to help a young girl covered in blood.  

The girl explained she wasn’t hurt and the blood was from her best friend ‘Amerie.’ It was then that Angel realized the blood he was looking at came from his own daughter. 

The devastated father then tried to rush into the school to find his daughter, but police handcuffed him and took him away.  

Gomez hopped the fence outside the school and saved her two kids. She said bullets were still echoing inside the school district despite police’s initial belief that the gunman was already barricade and alone inside the building when they arrived

Angel Garza (above) was among the parents arrested outside the school alongside Gomez

He broke down as he told Anderson Cooper (left) that he discovered his daughter had been shot when he found her friend covered in her blood  

During a press conference on Thursday, Victor Escalon of the Texas Department of Public Safety, addressed the parents’ claims that they were restrained from helping their children.

‘I have heard that information, but we have not verified that,’ Escalon said, adding that there were officers from all over at the scene and that he would interview them to find out what happened.

Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw told reporters that 40 minutes to an hour elapsed from when Ramos opened fire on the school security officer to when the tactical team shot him, though a department spokesman said later that they could not give a solid estimate of how long the gunman was in the school or when he was killed.

McCraw also said that students and teachers had repeatedly begged 911 operators for help while Arredondo told more than a dozen officers to wait in a hallway. 

‘The bottom line is law enforcement was there,’ McCraw said. ‘They did engage immediately. They did contain (Ramos) in the classroom.’

Two law enforcement officials have said that as the gunman fired at students, law enforcement officers from other agencies urged Arredondo to let them move in because children were in danger. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they had not been authorized to talk publicly about the investigation. 

Arredondo also reportedly did not have his radio on him when he arrived on the scene, which may have caused delay in his communicating with police dispatchers, according to the New York Times, citing a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation. 

He instead used a cell phone and called a landline for the district police telling the dispatchers the gunman had an AR-15. 

The president of the association for the state’s school district police department chiefs also noted that it was odd that Arredondo, nor any of his men, had a key to get into classrooms and instead had to use one from a janitor. 

‘All my people carry keys,’ said Chief Solomon Cook. 

Salvador Rolando Ramos, 18, the gunman in the May 24 Robb Elementary School mass shooting

Children flee to safety after escaping through a window of Robb Elementary school during the mass shooting on May 24

Earlier this week, Arredondo, who faces stinging criticism over his response to the May 24 mass shooting, refused to release anything about the investigation so far when confronted by a CNN reporter during a news conference.  

‘We’re not going to release anything, we have people in our community being buried.’ said while disputing claims that he is not cooperating with a state probe into the shooting and the police response. 

‘Just so everybody knows, we’ve been in contact with DPS every day. I’ve been on the phone with them every day. Just so you know we’ve been talking to them every day,’ the embattled official said. 

Law enforcement officials also faced criticism after an initially report claimed the shooter entered the building by a back door they had said was propped open by teacher Emilia Marin. 

It wasn’t until days later that police corrected their statement to confirm that Marin in fact closed the door when she saw the 18-year-old killer approaching, but that the door did not lock as it was intended to. 

An attorney for Marin, Don Flanary, told CNN on Friday that those days of blame have left Marin psychologically scarred and seeking neurological treatment. 

She can’t stop shaking,’ Flanary said. ‘It’s traumatic for her when it’s insinuated that she’s involved,’ Flanary said, ‘She’s heartbroken.’

Marin was outside the school helping a co-worker bring in food for an end of year party on May 24, when she saw a car crash into a ditch across the street.

She returned inside to call 911, propping the door open with a rock on the way. When she returned back outside, she saw her co-worker running and heard somebody yell ‘he’s got a gun!’ Flanary told CNN.

Emilia Marin, a speech pathology clerk at the Robb Elementary School, who police falsely said failed to close a door and allowed the shooter to enter the building

A memorial for the 21 victims of the May 24 mass shooting at the Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas

Marin saw the gunman heading towards her and the door, so she kicked the rock holding it open away and let it swing shut, where by design it was supposed to automatically lock.

This order of events was confirmed by Travis Considine, chief communications officer for the Texas Department of Public Safety, on May 31.

‘She came back out while on her phone, she heard someone yell, ‘He has a gun!,’ she saw him jump the fence and that he had a gun, so she ran back inside,’ removing the rock when she did,’ Considine said during a press conference.

‘We did verify she closed the door,’ he said. ‘The door did not lock. We know that much and now investigators are looking into why it did not lock.’

PICTURED: The 19 children and two teachers butchered in Texas elementary school shooting

Amerie Jo Garza, 10

Amerie Jo Garza (right)

Amerie Jo Garza, a fourth grader at Robb Elementary, was one of 19 students confirmed to be killed Tuesday morning by Ramos, who cops say was carrying a handgun and an AR-15 during the attack that also killed two teachers in the classroom.

Her grandmother, Berlinda Irene Arreola, said the 10-year-old was killed as she tried to phone 911 while sitting next to her best friend, who ended up ‘covered in her blood.’

Arreola said Ramos told the students and staffers inside the room, ‘You’re going to die,’ before opening fire – shooting her granddaughter dead as she tried to phone for help.

‘So the gunman went in and he told the children, ‘You’re going to die,’ Berlinda told The Daily Beast.

‘And [Amerie] had her phone and she called 911. And instead of grabbing it and breaking it or taking it from her, he shot her. She was sitting right next to her best friend. Her best friend was covered in her blood.’ 

Uziyah Garcia

Uziyah Garcia, 8

Uziyah Garcia, the youngest victim at age eight, was also killed in the attack.

The child’s family announced he was killed hours after announcing he was among the many children unaccounted for following the tragedy.

The boy’s grandfather, Manny Renfro, broke the news early Wednesday after being notified by authorities.

‘[He was] the sweetest little boy that I’ve ever known,’ Renfro said. ‘I’m not just saying that because he was my grandkid.’

Renfro recalled how Uziyah last visited him in San Angelo over spring break.

‘We started throwing the football together and I was teaching him pass patterns.

‘Such a fast little boy and he could catch a ball so good,’ the grieving grandad said.

‘There were certain plays that I would call that he would remember and he would do it exactly like we practiced.’

Makenna Elrod, 10

Makenna Lee Elrod

Makenna Elrod, 10, had also been among the missing in the chaos that followed the massacre, with her father, Brandon Elrod telling reporters at the time he feared ‘she may not be alive.’

Her death was eventually confirmed by a family friend on Wednesday. ‘It’s pretty sad what this world’s coming to,’ the girl’s father told local outlet KTRK after the shooting.

A mother of one of Makenna’s friends lamented the loss in a post to Facebook. 

‘Sweet Makenna Rest in Paradise!! My heart is shattered as my daughter Chloe loved her so much!!’ the mom wrote. A relative Wednesday confirmed that the girl had been among the victims.

Xavier Lopez, 10

Xavier Lopez

Xavier Lopez, 10, was the first student victim to be identified as one of Ramos’ victims.

The child’s mother, Felicha Martinez, told the Washington Post Tuesday that just hours before the massacre, the mom had been at the school to see her son participate an honor roll ceremony. 

She took a picture showing her son showing off his certificate.

In the last exchange she had with the child, the mom heartbreakingly told the boy that she was proud of him and that she loved him, giving him a hug goodbye – not knowing it would be the last time she would see him alive.

‘He was funny, never serious and his smile… that smile I will never forget,’ she recalled after learning of his death from police. ‘It would always cheer anyone up.’

The boy’s cousin, Lisa Garza, 54, of Arlington, said Xavier enjoyed swimming and had been looking forward to the summer.

‘He was just a loving 10-year-old little boy, just enjoying life, not knowing that this tragedy was going to happen today,’ she said. 

‘He was very bubbly, loved to dance with his brothers, his mom. This has just taken a toll on all of us.’

Amelia Sandoval, Lopez’s grandmother, said: ‘It’s just so hard… you send your kids to school thinking they are going to make it back home but they’re not.’

Eliahana Torres, 10

Eliahana Cruz Torres

Eliahana Cruz Torres, 10, had also been missing for hours until she was confirmed to be among the dead.

Adolfo Cruz, her great-grandfather, said she didn’t want to attend school the day of the shooting – but was told by her family that she had to attend.

He said he remained outside the school gates throughout the night until he leanrned of her fate from local authorities.

‘I hope she is alive,’ he said at the time. 

Torres was an avid baseball player and played the sport in a local little league. 

Ellie Lugo, 10

Ellie Lugo

Ellie Lugo was named as a victim of Tuesday’s attack by her parents, with Steven Garcia and Jennifer Lugo confirming her death several hours after she was listed among the missing. 

‘It’s hard to issue out a statement on anything right now my mind is going at 1000 miles per hour… but I do wanna send our thoughts and prayers to those who also didn’t make it home tonight!!! Our Ellie was a doll and was the happiest ever,’ Steven Lugo said Wednesday.

‘Mom and Dad love you never forget that and please try and stay by our side.’  

Nevaeh Bravo, 10

Nevaeh Bravo

Nevaeh Bravo was confirmed to be among the dead late Tuesday, after her cousin posted on social media following the shooting to ask for helping the girl. 

Around 9 pm, she broke the news on Twitter.

‘Unfortunately my beautiful Nevaeh was one of the many victims from todays tragedy,’ she wrote.

Sje said the schoolchild was ‘flying high’ and asked for the family to be kept in people’s prayers  

‘Our Nevaeh has been found. She is flying with the angels above. We love you Navaeh very much princess.’

‘Thank you for the support and help,’ she wrote. ‘Rest in peace my sweet girl, you didn’t deserve this.’

Bravo’s age could not immediately be confirmed.  

Tess Marie Mata

Tess Marie Mata

Tess Marie Mata was also among those to perish in the attack, her sister, Faith Mata, revealed in a post to Facebook Wednesday.

‘I honestly have no words just sadness, confusion, and anger,’ she wrote.

‘I’m sad because we will never get to tag team on mom and dad again and tell each other how much we mean to each other, I’m confused because how can something like this happen to my sweet, caring, and beautiful sister, and I’m angry because a coward took you from us.’

Photos shared with the post showed Tess smiling in a baby photo, snuggling with a cat, doing gymnastics, flashing a peace sign, and posing in front of a large heart mural.

‘Sissy I miss you so much, I just want to hold you and tell you how pretty you are, I want to take you outside and practice softball, I want to go on one last family vacation, I want to hear your contagious laugh, and I want you to hear me tell you how much I love you,’ she wrote.

Her age could not immediately be confirmed.

Rojelio Torres, 10

Rojelio Torres

Rojelio Torres, 10, was initially reported missing by his father, but on Wednesday was confirmed dead by his family.

A person who said she was the boy’s cousin wrote on Twitter: ‘It breaks my heart to say my rojelio is now with the angels I’ll forever miss you and love you my angel.’

The child’s father , Federico Torres, told Houston reporters that he was at work when he learned about the shooting and immediately raced to the school.

‘They sent us to the hospital, to the civic center, to the hospital and here again, nothing, not even in San Antonio,’ he said. ‘They don’t tell us anything, only a photo, wait, hope that everything is well.’

Nearly half a day later, cops broke the news to the boy’s family.

‘Our entire family waited almost 12 hours since the shooting to find out Rojelio Torres, my 10-year-old nephew, was killed in this tragedy,’ Torres’ aunt, Precious Perez, told KSAT. ‘We are devastated and heartbroken. Rojer was a very intelligent, hard-working and helpful person. He will be missed and never forgotten.’ 

Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10

Jayce Luevanos

Jayce Luevanos, 10, died in the shooting along with his ten-year-old cousin, Jailah, the child’s mother said Wednesday.

In a Facebook post, uncle Unberto Gonzalez shared photos of both kids while offering a touching tribute.

‘My babies going to miss them like crazy!!!,’ Gonzalez wrote. ‘We luv y’all so much!!! I’m just lost right now!!! Fly high my beautiful Angels!!’

Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10

Jailah Nicole Silguero

Ten-year-old Jailah Nicole Silguero was also killed in the shooting, her mother, Veronica Luevanos, tearfully revealed to Univision Wednesday.

She also lost her 10-year-old nephew Jayce to the tragedy.

She said Jailah loved to dance and film videos on TikTok.

The child reportedly also asked her mom the morning of the shooting if she could stay home from school – a request the now mourning mom rebuffed. 

‘I took her to school, but she didn’t want to go. She told her father, ‘Can I stay home?” Luevanos said, noting that it was not a common occurrence for her daughter to make such a request. ‘I think she knew something would happen.’

Luevanos’ mom confirmed the loss on Facebook Wednesday.

‘Fly high my angels. We’re going to miss yall so much,’ wrote Veronica Luevanos – whose dad had died just a week earlier.

‘I’m so heart broken,’ she wrote with a photo of her daughter and nephew. 

‘My baby I love u so much … fly high baby girl.’

Alithia Ramirez, 10

Alithia Ramirez

 Fourth grader Alithia Ramirez was confirmed dead early Wednesday by her father, Ryan Ramirez, who shared a post to Facebook showing the 10-year-old with angel’s wings. He had used the same photo the previous day as he pleaded for help finding her after the massacre

He had heartbreakingly used the same photo the previous day as he desperately pleaded for help finding her after the massacre.

‘Trying to find my daughter Alithia. I called all the hospitals and nothing,’ he wrote at the time.

He also reporters during his frantic search, ‘I’m trying to find out where my baby’s at.’ 

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez

Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, 10, was another killed by Ramos Tuesday – along with her cousin, who has yet to be identified.

Annabell’s father spent the afternoon after the shooting in frantic search for his daughter. 

Speaking to KHOU11 Tuesday, he lamented at how he was at a loss as to what do, having little success with the search.

‘They’re not letting us in at the hospital right now so we don’t know where to go.’

 She has since been declared to be among the dead.

Miranda Mathis, 11

Miranda Mathis

Miranda Mathis, 11,  was also confirmed as another casualty from the mass shooting early Wednesday, in a Facebook post by an older cousin who earlier that day had posted a desperate plea for help in locating the child.

‘My sweet baby cousin we loved u dearly,’ Deanna Miller wrote alongside a photo of the child with angel wings.

‘I’m so sorry this happen to u baby please keep my family in your prayers,’ she grieved.

Miller’s kids had also been at the school at the time of the shooting, but survived the attack.

One of her sons told her that they were ushered out of a window by staffers during the attack and subsequently ran to a nearby funeral home after ‘he heard the shooter say he was gonna kill all the kids.’

Alexandria ‘Lexi’ Aniyah Rubio, 10

Alexandria Aniyah Rubio

Alexandria Aniyah Rubio – who was better known to friends as ‘Lexi’ – was confirmed dead just before midnight on Tuesday.

The ten-year-old was shot dead just hours after posing for a photo with her parents at the school’s honor roll ceremony.

Kimberly Mata-Rubio, the girl’s mother, wrote of the loss: ‘My beautiful, smart, Alexandria Aniyah Rubio was recognized today for All-A honor roll. She also received the good citizen award. We told her we loved her and would pick her up after school. We had no idea this was goodbye.’ 

Maite Yuleana

Maite Yuleana

Maite Yuleana was another student to die in the attack that had attended the honor roll ceremony just hours before.

A cousin of the girl’s mother, Ana Rodriguez, announced the loss Wednesday. 

‘It is with a heavy heart I come on here on behalf of my cousin Ana who lost her sweet baby girl in yesterday’s senseless shooting.  

‘We are deeply saddened by the lose [sic] of this sweet smart little girl…. God bless and may she R.I.P Maite Rodriguez we love you.’

Another relative shared a photo of Maite with her honor roll certificate.

Her age could not immediately be confirmed.

Jose Flores Jr, 10

Jose Flores

Jose Flores, 10, was also killed in the shooting after attending the honor roll ceremony, where he was pictured triumphantly clutching a certificate celebrating the accomplishment.

Uncle Christopher Salazar confirmed to the Washington Post Wednesday that his 10-year-old nephew was among the dead, after sharing a tribute to the child on Facebook.

‘I love you and I miss you,’ Salazar wrote in the post.  

The boy’s father described Jose to CNN as an amazing boy and big brother to his two younger siblings.

‘He was always fill of energy,’ Jose Flores Sr. said. ‘Ready to play till the night.’

He said the boy loved playing baseball and video games.

Jackie Cazares

Jackie Cazares, 10

Jackie Cazares, 10, was another to be killed during the vicious attack at the elementary school.

Her father Jacinto confirmed she lost her life inside her fourth-grade classroom.

‘My baby girl has been taken away from my family and I,’ the grieving father said in an online post.

‘We’re devastated in ways I hope no one ever goes through. … It hurts us to our souls.’

Cazares said his daughter, who was with her cousin, Annabell Rodriguez, when she died, was ‘full of life and love’.

Layla Salazar, 10

The 10-year-old student was the last of the slaying victims to be identified.

Vincent Salazar told the Philadelphia Inquirer his young daughter was among those killed.

He said she was ‘a lot of fun’ and recalled how they sang along to ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ by Guns ‘n’ Roses whenever he drove her to school.   

Layla Salazar

Irma Garcia, 46 – fourth grade teacher

Irma Garcia

Irma Garcia, who co-taught with Mireles for the last five year, had been at Robb Elementary for 23 years. 

Married to Joe for 24 years, she was a mother of four – Cristian, completing Marine boot camp; Jose, attending Texas State university University; Lyliana, a sophomore in high school; and Alysandra, a 7th grader. 

‘My tia did not make it, she sacrificed herself protecting the kids in her classroom, i beg of you to keep my family including all of her family in y’all’s prayers , IRMA GARCIA IS HER NAME and she died a HERO,’ tweeted her nephew John. 

‘She was loved by many and will truly be missed.’

She was nominated as teacher of the year for the 2018-19 awards, organized by Trinity University. 

Eva Mireles, 44 – fourth grade teacher

Eva Mireles

Eva Mireles, a fourth grade teacher, was identified by her family as being one of the staff members shot dead. She had worked in education for 17 years. 

Her husband Ruben Ruiz, a veteran detective and SWAT team member currently serving as a police officer with the school district, held regular active shooter drills for the schools – most recently at the end of March. 

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