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Former Uvalde school police chief, officer indicted over mass shooting response



Pete Arredondo, the former police chief for schools in Uvalde, Texas, was indicted this week over his response to the 2022 mass shooting that left 19 students and two teachers dead.

The indictment argues Arredondo failed to identify an active shooting, did not follow his training, and made decisions that slowed law enforcement’s response to stop the gunman at Robb Elementary School, The Associated Press reported.

Arredondo was arrested and booked in the Uvalde County Jail Thursday on 10 state jail felony counts of abandoning or endangering a child. He was released Thursday evening.

Adrian Gonzales, a former school officer, was also indicted on similar charges, according to a sealed indictment reported by the Uvalde Leader-News.

Arredondo and Gonzales are the first officers to be criminally charged for one of the country’s deadliest school shootings.

Arredondo’s indictment accuses him of delaying police response to the shooting despite hearing shots being fired inside the school and being notified that students and a teacher were injured. He called for the SWAT team to arrive and ordered the initial responding officers to leave the building. Arredondo attempted to negotiate with the shooter, the AP reported…


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