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Several law enforcement officials have been ordered to appear before an investigating grand jury nearly two years after the deadly Uvalde school shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead as heavily armed officers hesitated to confront the lone gunman.

According to the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV, subpoenas have been issued for an in-person hearing and a hearing is scheduled to begin at the Uvalde County Courthouse next week.

Officials from multiple agencies, including the Texas Department of Public Safety, are expected to be called in front of the 12-member panel during what could be a months-long process, local media said.

If convicted, the hearing could lead to criminal charges against officers for failing to urgently arrest the gunman in the May 2022 school massacre.

SHOOTING AT UVALDE SCHOOL: ONE YEAR LATER

Police officer in Uvalde, Texas school shooting lights candle

A law enforcement personnel lights a candle outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong/File)

The victims of the Uvalde shooting

Images of victims of a mass shooting at the former Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2023. (Wu Xiaoling/Xinhua via Getty Images/File)

Grand jurors are also expected to consider the body of evidence that can offer a minute-by-minute look at what happened that Tuesday afternoon.

The American-Statesman and KVUE-TV, citing three unnamed sources, confirmed the delivery of the subpoenas but declined to provide an exact number or identify who received them.

REPORT ON SHOOTING IN UVALDE FINDS ‘CULTURE OF NON-COMPLIANCE’ AMONG STAFF, ‘TACITALLY CONDONNATED’ BY ADMINISTRATORS

Police previously said that in total, 376 law enforcement officers responded to the school after reports of an active shooter.

Children run to safety during mass shooting

Children run to safety after escaping through a window during a mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, where a gunman killed 19 children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, 2022. (Pete Luna / Uvalde Leader-News / Handout via Reuters / Archive)

The issuance of subpoenas to some of the law enforcement officers involved marks an acceleration in the 21-month investigation into the police response that the Justice Department called a series of “cascading failures” in law enforcement’s handling of the massacre. of the order.

“If law enforcement agencies had followed generally accepted practices in active shooter situations and immediately gone after the shooter and apprehended him, lives would have been saved and people would have survived,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a news conference in January 2024.

A report from the Texas House investigative committee contributed to law enforcement’s response to “system failures and egregiously poor decision-making.”

TEXAS OFFICIALS: UVALDE SHOOTING REPORT REVEALS ‘MULTIPLE SYSTEMIC FAILURES’

Reports said hundreds of law enforcement officers waited at the scene for 70 minutes before a team burst into the fourth-grade classroom and confronted the 18-year-old gunman, who was armed with an AR-15-style rifle and fired more shots. 140 bullets inside. the school.

Since the shooting, body camera videos, school surveillance footage and witness accounts have shed light on authorities’ delayed response.

A woman cries before a monument

A woman cries as she visits a memorial for a mass shooting victim at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 26, 2022. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images/File)

Students with their backpacks enter the school and pass a uniformed police officer.

Students arrive at Uvalde Elementary, now protected by a fence and Texas state troopers, for the first day of school, Sept. 6, 2022, in Uvalde. (AP Photo/Eric Gay/File)

Since the shooting, five officers in Texas have been fired or resigned.

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Uvalde’s school police chief at the time of the attack was fired in August 2022, and the city’s interim police chief resigned shortly afterward.

The Texas Attorney General’s office and the Texas Department of Public Safety did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

By Sam