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Garland Police Chief: Memo Wouldn't Have Changed Cartoon Contest Response

Stella M. Chávez
Garland Police Chief Mitch Bates.

Garland's police chief says the information the FBI sent local law enforcement on one of two gunmen outside a controversial cartoon contest would not have changed his department's response to the event. 

Police Chief Mitch Bates told reporters Monday that the FBI bulletin sent on Elton Simpson in the hours before the shooting did not indicate he was an imminent threat to attack the event. That confirms last week's statement from FBI Director James Comey, who said federal investigators believed Simpson might show up, but didn't know for certain.

Simpson and the other gunman, Nadir Soofi, were shot and killed by officers outside the contest of drawings of the Prophet Muhammad.

One school security guard was wounded.

Bates hailed the five officers who responded to Simpson and Soofi as "heroes."

Stella M. Chávez is KERA’s immigration/demographics reporter/blogger. Her journalism roots run deep: She spent a decade and a half in newspapers – including seven years at The Dallas Morning News, where she covered education and won the Livingston Award for National Reporting, which is given annually to the best journalists across the country under age 35.