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Pete Arredondo, the incident commander at Robb Elementary Faculty when 19 kids and two adults were killed final month, has been positioned on administrative go away, Uvalde Impartial Faculty District Superintendent Hal Harrell introduced Wednesday.
“From the start of this horrible occasion, I shared that the district would wait till the investigation was full earlier than making personnel choices,” Harrell defined. “As we speak, I’m nonetheless with out particulars of the investigations being performed by varied businesses. Due to the dearth of readability that is still and the unknown timing of when I’ll obtain the outcomes of the investigations, I’ve made the choice to put Chief Arredondo on administrative go away efficient on this date.”
Arredondo has been sharply criticized by everybody from Texas Division of Public Security Director Steven McCraw to oldsters within the Uvalde neighborhood for his response to final month’s taking pictures.
Arredondo entered Robb Elementary Faculty just some minutes after the gunman on Could 24, however officers did not breach the classroom and take out the suspect for greater than 70 minutes, a delay that McCraw known as an “abject failure” this week.
“Three minutes after the suspect entered the west constructing, there was a adequate variety of armed officers carrying physique armor to isolate, distract, and neutralize the topic,” McCraw instructed a particular Texas Senate committee on Tuesday.
“The one factor stopping a hallway of devoted officers from coming into Room 111, and 112, was the on-scene commander, who determined to put the lives of officers earlier than the lives of kids.”
A ballistic defend and several officers, together with some with rifles, had been inside the college inside 20 minutes of the taking pictures, however Arredondo determined to carry again and watch for extra tactical gear, firepower, and keys to open the door, which wasn’t obligatory as a result of the door was unlocked the entire time, based on McCraw.
Arredondo, in his solely public feedback because the taking pictures, instructed the Texas Tribune that he “didn’t difficulty any orders” and did not contemplate himself the incident commander.
Lieutenant Mike Hernandez, a member of the Uvalde faculty district’s 6-person police power, will assume the duties of the college police chief, the superintendent stated Wednesday.