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Pete Arredondo, the state’s official law enforcement officer, said he was primarily responsible for a flawed response to the Uvalde Elementary School shooting in May, resigned from the board Municipality of Uvalde.
Arredondo, the police department chief for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, had been elected to the board weeks before the May 24 shooting.which killed 19 children and two teachers. He was sworn in secret and has not attended any council meetings since.
The head of Uvalde-Nouvelles reported Arredondo’s resignation, which the Texas Tribune was unable to immediately confirm.
“After careful consideration, I regret to inform those who voted for me that I have decided to resign as a member of the District 3 City Council. The Mayor, City Council and City staff must keep moving forward without distractions I think it’s the best decision for Uvalde,” Arredondo told the newspaper.
The school district placed Arredondo on administrative leave on June 22, the day after Public Safety Department Director Steve McCraw told a state Senate committee that police officers under Arredondo’s command allegedly were able to end the shooting within minutes of their arrival, but inexplicably decided not to. then.
In a lengthy interview with The Texas Tribune in early June, Arredondo maintained that he was not the incident commander and never ordered the officers to stand down.
It is unclear whether Arredondo intends to step down as the school district’s police chief. Neither his attorney nor a school district spokeswoman immediately responded to requests for comment.
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