Uvalde school board to vote on firing police Chief Pete Arredondo after flawed shooting response

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AUSTIN, Texas – The Uvalde schools superintendent is recommending district police Chief Pete Arredondo be fired for his role in the flawed response to the Robb Elementary School shooting, according to a school board meeting agenda made public Wednesday. 

Arredondo assumed the role of incident commander and failed to act quickly enough to shoot and kill the 18-year-old gunman inside a classroom where 19 children and two teachers were killed on May 24, according to at least two assessments of the law enforcement response to the shooting. 

The one-page agenda, which set a special meeting for Saturday at 9 a.m., contained no other remarks by Superintendent Hal Harrell other than to say that he was suggesting that Arredondo be terminated “for good cause.”

Arredondo was placed on paid administrative leave last month. At a Monday board meeting, several parents urged the board to fire Arredondo and the other five school district officers, as well as Harrell and Robb Elementary Principal Mandy Gutierrez after a special Texas House committee found school employees left the school vulnerable to an intruder, as well as a “culture of noncompliance” when it came to school safety.

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The school board will discuss Arredondo’s employment in a closed session Saturday, but will take public comment before adjourning into executive session. 

Uvalde residents have increasingly called for Arredondo’s removal after investigators said he erred in treating the law enforcement response as a “barricaded subject” instead of an active shooter

Arredondo also has been criticized for other actions that day, including not having his radio with him when he first responded to the shooting. 

Arredondo has made few public statements about his actions, but recently testified for five hours in private to the Texas House committee. 

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