Uvalde Schools Police Chief Peter Arredondo Not Responding to Investigators, Texas Authorities Say


Uvalde, Texas— New questions emerge over schools in Uvalde Police Chief Peter Arredondo a week after gunman massacred 19 CM1 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary.

In a statement to CBS News on Tuesday, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) said, “The Uvalde Police Department and Uvalde [school district] Police cooperated with investigators. The head of Uvalde [school district] Police provided an initial interview but did not respond to a request for a follow-up interview with the Texas Rangers that was made two days ago.”

However, in a statement to CNN on Wednesday, Arredondo said he was “in touch with DPS every day.”

It was Arredondo who ordered the officers to stay outside the classroom where the gunman was confined during the siege.

Questions are asked about why Arredondo was able to make this decision and why he chose what he did, CBS Dallas Reporting.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents eventually entered the classroom and fatally shot the suspect more than an hour after the shooter entered the building.

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Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo, whom officials last week identified as the incident commander in the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, has been sworn in as member of the city council on Tuesday, the city mayor said.

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Texas DPS Director Steven McCraw said while law enforcement waited to enter the classroom, the children pleaded on the phone with 911 operators to send the police.

Arredondo was elected to the Uvalde city council on May 7 and was sworn in on Tuesday. “Out of respect for the families who buried their children today and who plan to bury their children in the coming days, no ceremony has taken place,” Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin said in a statement. .

Following reports that Arredondo would not be sworn in, McLaughlin said in a statement Monday that “there is nothing in the city charter, election code, or Texas constitution that prohibits him from being sworn in. To our knowledge, we are currently unaware of any investigation into Mr. Arredondo.”

It was unclear if the law allowed Arredondo to hold both positions and if he would.

Meanwhile, Uvalde began to bury his dead.

The first two children who lost their lives were buried on Tuesday. Amerie Jo Garza and Maite Rodriguez, both 10, were fourth grade classmates.

A funeral will be held on Wednesday for one of the two teachers killed in the attack. Irma Garcia will be buried with her husband, Joe, who died of a heart attack two days after the shooting. Family members say he succumbed to a broken heart.

The funeral of 10-year-old Jose Flores will also take place on Wednesday.


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