Police chief fired after months of criticism for Uvalde elementary school massacre response
The Uvalde school board has fired school district police chief Pete Arredondo, a move that came three months to the day after the mass shooting at an elementary school that claimed the lives of 21 people.
Arredondo has been the focus of much of the scrutiny and blame for law enforcement’s 77-minute delay in confronting the gunman who shot and killed 19 children and two teachers May 24 at Robb Elementary School.
The board adjourned immediately after the unanimous vote Wednesday night and did not discuss it publicly.
Arredondo did not attend the meeting. Instead, his attorney released a 17-page statement Wednesday evening, arguing that all of Arredondo's actions on May 24 were consistent with active-shooter training and that "Chief Arredondo did the right thing."
"Any allegation of lack of leadership is wholly misplaced," the statement said. "The complaint that an officer should have rushed the door, believed to be locked, to open it up without a shield capable of stopping an AR-15 bullet, without breaching tools … is tantamount to suicide."