Heroic CBP Officer Rushed to School Shooting and Evacuated Dozens

Even as controversy swirls after the horrific Texas elementary school shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers, an off-duty officer is hailed as a hero.

Jacob Albarado, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officer, has just sat for a haircut when he got a text from his wife, Trisha. She is a fourth grade math and science teacher at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, and her message said there was an active shooter in the building.

Their eight-year-old daughter was one of the hundreds of children barricaded in another classroom. “Help,” his wife wrote. “I love you.”

Albarado borrowed a shotgun from the barber and, along with the barber, raced to the school. The CBP elite tactical team was onsite and coordinating to take out the shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, who was barricaded in adjoining classrooms.

The off-duty officer entered where he knew his daughter was and started “clearing all the classes in her wing.” Two officers with guns drawn provided cover while two others led dozens of children and their teachers out to safety.

As Albarado told the New York Times, “I did what I was trained to do.”

Albarado located his daughter Jayda, they quickly embraced, and then he moved on to clear other students away from harm.

Jacob Albarado’s family has lived in Texas for generations, and his father, Oscar ‘Shotgun’ Albarado, was a world championship boxer in the 1970s as a junior middleweight. He passed away last year.

Just after midnight Wednesday morning, Albarado shared his emotions on Facebook. He said that one of his daughter’s teammates and friends was among the 19 children murdered. His emotions ranged from anger to gratitude, and from there he pushed for changes to protect all schools.

To stop future attacks, the CBP officer urged that teachers “be trained and allowed to carry in order to protect themselves and students.” Law enforcement is being sharply criticized for the time it took to enter the building and confront the shooter.

Much is still unknown about the law enforcement reaction as the tragedy unfolded, and it may turn out that officers could have done more. But in Albarado’s case, a lawman who is also a husband and parent heroically raced into action and did exactly the right thing.