June 30, 2022

Uvalde shooting: School police Chief Pete Arredondo placed on leave amid backlash over Robb Elementary massacre response

UVALDE, Texas — The Uvalde college district’s police chief was put on leave Wednesday following allegations that he erred in his response to the mass capturing at Robb Elementary School that left 19 college students and two lecturers lifeless.

Uvalde Consolidated Unbiased School District Superintendent Hal Harrell mentioned that he put colleges police Chief Pete Arredondo on administrative leave and that one other officer would assume the embattled chief’s duties. In a press release, Harrell didn’t give a cause for eradicating Arredondo however mentioned it stays unclear when district officers will know the result of the investigation into the capturing.

Col. Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Division of Public Security, informed a state Senate listening to on Tuesday that Arredondo – the on-site commander – made “terrible decisions” because the massacre unfolded on Could 24 , and that the police response was an “abject failure.”

Three minutes after 18-year-old Salvador Ramos entered the varsity, adequate armed legislation enforcement have been on scene to cease the gunman, McCraw testified. But police officers armed with rifles waited in a college hallway for greater than an hour whereas the gunman carried out the massacre. The classroom door couldn’t be locked from the within, however there isn’t a indication officers tried to open the door whereas the gunman was inside, McCraw mentioned.

McCraw has mentioned mother and father begged police outdoors the varsity to maneuver in and college students contained in the classroom repeatedly pleaded with 911 operators for assist whereas greater than a dozen officers waited in a hallway. Officers from different businesses urged Arredondo to allow them to transfer in as a result of the kids have been in peril.

“The only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering Room 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children,” McCraw mentioned.