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Uvalde School Police Chief Fired For Botched Response To Mass Shooting

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:17 am

[guest post by Dana]

Despite the 17-page defense of his actions on that fateful day in June, wherein claims were made that the Uvalde School police chief Pete Arredondo was a brave officer whose level-headed decisions saved the lives of other students on that fateful day in May, the Uvalde school district voted to fire Arredondo last night:

In a unanimous vote Wednesday evening, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District’s board of trustees fired Arredondo during a meeting also attended by parents and survivors of the May 24 massacre. Arredondo, who was not present, is the first officer to lose his job following one of the deadliest classroom shootings in U.S. history.


Arredondo, who has been on leave from the district since June 22, has come under the most intense scrutiny of the nearly 400 officers who rushed to school but waited more than 70 minutes to confront the 18-year-old gunman in the fourth-grade classroom at Robb Elementary School.

How could they not fire him?


8 Responses to “Uvalde School Police Chief Fired For Botched Response To Mass Shooting”

  1. It’s clear that he will always be judged by those 70 minutes, whether personally or professionally (that is, if he has any future in law enforcement).

    Dana (1225fc)

  2. In those minutes, ALL of these LEOs did more to destroy the image of the brave, resolute Texas “lawman” than anything I can recall. Hard to understand the thought process.

    Colonel Haiku (655ce8)

  3. The children were not all killed by the shots. Many bled out in the hour that followed. The inaction by the Uvalde mall-cops will be a cautionary tale for some time to come. It will affect policing as much, or more, than the Columbine standoff did.

    Kevin M (eeb9e9)

  4. That was a waste of a legal fee for Arredondo, paying him to write a 17-page excuse defense.

    Paul Montagu (062b7e)

  5. Long overdue. They’re starting school there soon– how is simply hard to grasp but certainly heroic. My VR friend has been spending time in Uvalde helping. The cameras have gone but the damage remains for the living. Releasing video w/police audio but removing screams of the dying also distorts the horrible reality of the carnage of what happened, too. These tragedies cannot be spun left or right. They have to stop.

    DCSCA (7fc378)

  6. Arrivederci, Arredondo!

    Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

    norcal (da5491)

  7. The contract is secret, but they can fire him for “good cause”

    He claims he saved lives.

    Sammy Finkelman (1d215a)

  8. Sammy Finkelman,

    Come on, he saved the lives that mattered, those of his fellow officers.

    Soronel Haetir (6ef4cf)

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