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Uvalde Schools Police Chief Arredondo Resigns Amid Demands After Mishandled Robb Elementary Massacre Response

Uvalde Schools Police Chief Arredondo Resigns Amid Demands After Mishandled Robb Elementary Massacre Response

Pete Arredondo, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) police chief who received constant criticism for his lack of a response during the tragic shooting massacre at Robb Elementary School in late May, is resigning from his seat on the Uvalde City Council.

The Uvalde Leader-News reported that Arredondo was elected to the District 3 council position on May 7th and was sworn into the role on May 31st, one week after the May 24th mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, where 21 people died, including 19 children.

UVALDE, TEXAS – MAY 26: A memorial is seen surrounding the Robb Elementary School sign following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 26, 2022 in Uvalde, Texas. According to reports, 19 students and 2 adults were killed, with the gunman fatally shot by law enforcement. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)

Community members as well as the Texas Department of Public Safety director Steven McCraw have criticized Arredondo and other law enforcement officers for waiting more than an hour to enter classrooms where the shooter and injured and dying students and teachers were located. But Arredondo maintains he was not the incident commander that day.

“After much consideration, I regret to inform those who voted for me that I have decided to step down as a member of the city council for District 3. The mayor, the city council, and the city staff must continue to move forward without distractions. I feel this is the best decision for Uvalde,” Arredondo said in his resignation letter.

Arredondo had previously requested an extended leave, given the circumstances surrounding the May 24th tragedy, but the city council denied the request in a meeting held on June 21st. The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District placed Arredondo, the highest-paid law enforcement official in Uvalde County, on administrative leave on June 22nd.

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