Galveston County sheriff: Officers engaged with Santa Fe shooter in 4 minutes
Santa Fe High School had conducted active shooter drills, armed police officers patrolled the hallways and students went through a scare in February after a false report of a campus gunman. But in the aftermath of the deadliest public school shooting in Texas history, early witness accounts and recordings from emergency dispatch describe a near-30-minute nightmare as the real thing unfolded last week.
While officials continued to keep many details of the deadly rampage close, Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset responded Monday to criticism of the nearly half an hour it took officers to capture Dimitrios Pagourtzis, the 17-year-old student who authorities say opened fire on an art lab with a shotgun and .38 caliber handgun shortly after the first bell Friday morning. A school resource officer responded to the scene within four minutes of the shooting beginning and engaged with the shooter, Trochesset said at a Monday afternoon news conference.
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