Uvalde School District Police Chief Placed on Administrative Leave


HOUSTON — The Uvalde, Texas, school district police chief has been placed on administrative leave after the state’s top police official blamed him for delaying a confrontation with a gunman at the Robb Elementary School last month, the school district announced Wednesday.

Chief Pete Arredondo was among the first officers to respond to the school after the shooting began May 24 and, according to State Police Director Steven McCraw, was the incident commander for the response.

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But although officers from multiple agencies entered the school minutes after a gunman opened fire in two connected classrooms, they waited more than an hour before confronting and killing him . Nineteen students and two teachers were killed in the attack.

Lt. Mike Hernandez will assume the role of department head, said Dr. Harrell, which has six uniformed members and has jurisdiction over Uvalde schools.

Chief Arredondo defended his decision-making and said in an interview this month that he did not believe he was in charge of the response at Robb Elementary School. The law firm representing him declined to comment further on Wednesday.

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