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Uvalde Police Chief Pete Arredondo Suspended as Investigation into His Response to Shooting Continues


The decision to grant him an administrative license comes at a time when Arredondo is facing criticism for having delayed the response of the agents when the attacker was still in a room with children and teachers.

Uvalde, Texas Police Chief Pete Arredondo has been temporarily suspended from his post with pay while investigations continue into his actions during the shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers last month.

The district superintendent,

Dr. Hal Harrell announced the decision on Wednesday afternoon, at a time when Arredondo faces criticism for having delayed the response of the agents when the attacker was still in a room with almost 30 children and at least two teachers. .

[The Uvalde police were able to stop the murderer 3 minutes after the shooting began: "It was an abject mistake," criticizes the Texas authority]

"From the beginning of this horrific event, I shared that the district would wait until the investigation was complete before making any staffing decisions," Harell said in a statement Wednesday.

Uvalde Police Chief Peter Arredondo at a news conference following the shooting at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday.Mikala Compton/USA Today Network via NBC News

"To this day, I still do not know the details of the investigations that are being carried out by various agencies. Due to the lack of clarity and the fact that I do not know when I will receive the results of the investigations,

I have made the decision to put the chief Arredondo on administrative leave as of this date,"

he added.

Harrell said Lt. Mike Hernandez will temporarily replace Arredondo as Uvalde police chief.

Texas state authorities reported this week that Uvalde police had enough supplies and equipment to engage and arrest the shooter within three minutes of entering the school.

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Source: telemundo

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