Special agent ‘almost lost head’ as Texas school shooter’s bullet grazed his cap


The agent who killed the mass shooter who gunned down teachers and children in Texas has revealed how close he was to death in new shocking images.

A bullet fired by Salvador Ramos, who killed 19 pupils and two teachers at a Texas elementary school on Tuesday (May 24), ripped through the cap and grazed the head of the Customs and Border Protection agent who killed him.

Pictures show how the agent – a member of the CBP’s elite Border Patrol Tactical Unit, or BORTAC – was wearing the cap when he rushed into the school amid the carnage and came within inches of death.

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Hero border agent’s cap shows how close he was to being killed

A long rip along the mesh section on top of the black-and-white cap he was wearing as the bullet grazed his head can be seen in one of the images, while a separate image shows a gruesome wound on his scalp.

The officer had exchanged rounds with Ramos, who was barricaded inside a classroom, but the agent managed to kill the gunman before he could commit more carnage. The agent was trained in a manner similar to US special forces.

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It was revealed yesterday that the 18-year-old gunman walked in unimpeded through an apparently unlocked door, a law enforcement official said.



Salvador Ramos, 18, from Uvalde, Texas, drove to the Robb Elementary School in his hometown after shooting his grandmother
Salvador Ramos, 18, from Uvalde, Texas, drove to the Robb Elementary School in his hometown after shooting his grandmother

He was then in the building for more than an hour before he was killed by law enforcement officers.

The amount of time that elapsed has stirred anger and questions among family members, who demanded to know why they did not storm the place and put a stop to the rampage more quickly.

The school normally has an armed school safety officer, but when Ramos arrived “there was not an officer, readily available, armed” and the gunman entered the building ”unobstructed”, Victor Escalon, a regional director at the Texas Department of Public Safety, said.

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