UVALDE, Texas — The Uvalde faculty district’s police chief has stepped down from his place within the Metropolis Council simply weeks after being sworn in following allegations that he erred in his response to the mass taking pictures at Robb Elementary College that left 19 college students and two lecturers lifeless.
Chief Pete Arredondo advised the Uvalde Chief-Information on Friday that has determined to step down for the nice of town administration. He was elected to the District 3 council place on Could 7 and was sworn in — in a closed-door ceremony — on Could 31, only a week after the bloodbath.
“After a lot consideration, I remorse to tell those that voted for me that I’ve determined to step down as a member of town council for District 3. The mayor, town council, and town workers should proceed to maneuver ahead with out distractions. I really feel that is the perfect determination for Uvalde,” Arredondo stated.
Arredondo, who has been on administrative depart from the college district since June 22, has declined repeated requests for remark from The Related Press. His legal professional, George Hyde, didn’t instantly reply to emailed requests for remark Saturday.
Col. Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Division of Public Security, advised a state Senate listening to final month that Arredondo — the on-site commander — made “horrible choices” because the bloodbath unfolded on Could 24 , and that the police response was an “abject failure.”
Three minutes after 18-year-old Salvador Ramos entered the college, ample armed legislation enforcement have been on scene to cease the gunman, McCraw testified. But cops armed with rifles stood and waited in a faculty hallway for greater than an hour whereas the gunman carried out the bloodbath. The classroom door couldn’t be locked from the within, however there is no such thing as a indication officers tried to open the door whereas the gunman was inside, McCraw stated.
McCraw has stated dad and mom begged police exterior the college 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 kids have been at risk.
“The one factor stopping a hallway of devoted officers from coming into room 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander who determined to position the lives of officers earlier than the lives of kids,” McCraw stated.
Arredondo has tried to defend his actions, telling the Texas Tribune that he did not contemplate himself the commander in command of operations and that he assumed another person had taken management of the legislation enforcement response. He stated he did not have his police and campus radios however that he used his cellphone to name for tactical gear, a sniper and the classroom keys.
It is nonetheless not clear why it took so lengthy for police to enter the classroom, how they communicated with one another in the course of the assault, and what their physique cameras present.
Officers have declined to launch extra particulars, citing the investigation.
Arredondo, 50, grew up in Uvalde and spent a lot of his practically 30-year profession in legislation enforcement within the metropolis.