“In accordance with the requirements of due process and at the request of his attorney, the meeting to consider Chief Arredondo’s dismissal will be held at a later date which has not yet been determined,” the school’s written statement reads. consolidated independent of Uvalde. District.
In the meantime, Chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo will be on unpaid administrative leave, according to the district.
Arredondo faced harsh criticism from state officials and the public for his conduct during the Robb Elementary School massacre, in which 19 children and two teachers were killed.
Authorities who arrived at the school waited more than an hour at the school before confronting and killing the shooter – a move that some law enforcement experts say could have cost lives.
Texas Department of Public Safety Director Colonel Steven McCraw called law enforcement’s response to the attack an “abject failure,” adding that the only thing stopping officers from entering the rooms where the shooter was “was the on-scene commander, who decided to put the lives of the officers before the lives of the children.”
State authorities identified Arredondo as that commander, but he said he did not consider himself the incident commander.
And a preliminary report released Sunday by a Texas House investigative committee described a series of failures by multiple law enforcement agencies and blame more broadly.
The 77-page report describes a “nonchalant approach” by the nearly 400 officers who responded to the scene, saying: “All law enforcement and its training, preparation and response share systemic responsibility for numerous occasions missed.
In that report, Arredondo said his approach was to “react like a policeman.”
“I didn’t title myself. But once I got in and we took that fire, at the time, I realized we needed certain things. We have to come in through that door. We need an extraction tool. We need those keys… As for the ordering part… the people who came in, there was a large group of them outside the door. I have no idea who they were and how they got in or whatever – I didn’t get that instruction,” the chief said in the report.
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