Uvalde school police chief Pete Arredondo who was the incident commander at Robb Elementary School during the shooting that led to the death of 21 students and teachers, has been placed on administrative leave.
According to a report by Fox News, Arrendondo is being accused by the Department of Public Safety, of putting “the lives of officers before the lives of children,” during the recent shooting.
Uvalde Independent School District Superintendent Hal Harrell announced the change in status on Wednesday, indicating that the scandal-fraught security officer would be stepping away from duties at least temporarily.
“From the beginning of this horrible event, I shared that the district would wait until the investigation was complete before making personnel decisions,” Harrell explained.
“Today, I am still without details of the investigations being conducted by various agencies. Because of the lack of clarity that remains and the unknown timing of when I will receive the results of the investigations, I have made the decision to place Chief Arredondo on administrative leave effective on this date.”
Arredondo was sharply criticized by multiple entities from Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw as well as the parents in the Uvalde community for his response to last month’s shooting.
Arredondo arrived at Robb Elementary School on May 24 just a short while after the shooter, but it took police more than 70 minutes to break into the classroom and kill the suspect, which McCraw referred to this week as a “abject failure.”
“Three minutes after the suspect entered the west building, there was a sufficient number of armed officers wearing body armor to isolate, distract, and neutralize the subject,” McCraw told a special Texas Senate committee on Tuesday.
“The only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering Room 111, and 112, was the on-scene commander, who decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children.”