Pete Arredondo, the chief of police for the school district in Uvalde, Texas, defended his handling of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School on May 24.
In an interview published on Thursday, Arredondo told The Texas Tribune that many persons “who just don’t’ know the whole story” were “making their assumptions on what they’re’ hearing or reading,”
On May 24, armed 18-year-old Salvador Rolando Ramos entered Robb Elementary School with a semiautomatic weapon. Ramos opened fire, killing 19 children and 2 adults and wounded a number of others before being killed by Border Patrol agents.
The fact that a team of Border Patrol agents shot the shooter instead of the police officers who arrived at the site considerably earlier prompted doubts regarding the actions of the local police department throughout the incident.
The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Stephen McCraw, admitted to reporters at a news conference later that week that officers’ response to the gunman was delayed by forty minutes.
“The on-scene commander at the time believed that it had transitioned from an active shooter to a barricaded subject,” McCraw said, calling the decision to wait for backup and not directly engage the shooter “a wrong decision.”
Although McCraw did not identify Arredondo as the “on-scene commander” on the day of the shooting, other publications named him as the “incident commander”
More on this story via The Western Journal:
Arredondo told the Tribune that he did not consider himself to be the incident commander that day. The chief, however, said he and his colleagues were willing to confront the shooter, pushing back against criticism of cowardice.
“The only thing that was important to me at this time was to save as many teachers and children as possible,” Arredondo said, according to the Tribune. Read more…