IssuesStatewide NewsUvalde School District Police Chief Reportedly Stonewalling Investigation of Shooting Response

Local police in Uvalde are facing criticism for holding off on confronting the gunman who shot and killed 19 children and two teachers.
June 1, 2022
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Chief Pete Arredondo of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District’s scrutinized police department is reportedly declining interview requests from state police as they investigate the response by local law enforcement to the school shooting.

An 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers on Tuesday, May 24 at Robb Elementary School before a team of border agents killed the perpetrator. That was more than an hour after he entered the facility, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

The agency reportedly told CBS News that Arredondo has not responded to a request for an interview for two days.

“The Uvalde Police Department and Uvalde [school district] Police have been cooperating with investigators. The chief of the Uvalde [school district] Police provided an initial interview but has not responded to a request for a follow-up interview with the Texas Rangers that was made two days ago,” DPS told the outlet.

Without mentioning the chief by name, DPS Director Steven McCraw previously stated that Arredondo’s direction to delay confronting the gunman was “the wrong decision, period.” Arredondo is said to have believed at the time the gunman was no longer an active threat.

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Additionally, it has been reported that the door through which the perpetrator entered had been closed, but failed to lock. Police previously indicated that it had been “propped open” by a teacher.

On Sunday, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a probe of the local police response to the shooting.

Meanwhile, Texas Democrats and even some Republicans called on Gov. Greg Abbott to convene a special session of the state legislature to address mass shootings. Democrats have specifically called for increased gun control measures.

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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."