The Uvalde School District Police Chief, who changed the status of the Robb Elementary School shooting from an ‘active shooter’ situation to a ‘barricaded suspect’, has been called a coward by his own neighbour.
Following the change in status, critics say, the police stood back for more than half an hour as Salvador Ramos continued to slaughter 19 children and two adults who were locked in the classroom with him.
Some students even continued to call 911 at the time, telling police that 18-year-old Ramos was still shooting at them.
“Pete Arrendondo is a coward,” said neighbor Lydia Torres, 56. New York Post following. “He didn’t do his job. He let the kids down.
Arrendondo, 50, is now under police protection as Texas state investigators investigate whether he even had a police radio on him when he made the decision.
But a cop at the scene of the shooting on Tuesday said Arredondo was wrongfully a scapegoat.
“It’s a lie that Arrendondo told everyone to stand down,” the unnamed officer said. ‘This is a lie. And we all get death threats. It’s a fucking nightmare.
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Peter Arrendondo has been called a ‘coward’ by his neighbor
Arrendondo on Tuesday changed the status of the Robb Elementary School shooting from an ‘active shooter’ situation to a ‘barricaded suspect’ as 18-year-old Salvador Ramos locked himself in a classroom and continued to shoot.
Following the decision, the officers backed down for more than half an hour
Concerned parents gathered outside SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center on Tuesday as calls continued to come in from children trapped inside
Colonel Steven McCraw admitted at a press conference on Friday that the decision to change the status of the shooting was ‘the wrong decision’
Affirmation comes after Texas Department of Public Safety chief Steven McCraw slammed Arredondo for not hiring 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, mistakenly believing the teenager had finished his killing spree and was hiding from the cops.
But, McCraw said, the students continued to make 911 calls while locked in the classroom with Ramos, as Arredondo and his men waited outside the room for more than a month. hour.
It was revealed on Friday that the Uvalde Schools Police Department ignored several protocols from their own active shooter training drills, which they conducted just two months ago.
Ultimately, Border Patrol agents who rushed to the scene after hearing the incident unfold on scanners broke through the locked classroom door, one of them fatally shooting Ramos.
According to a law enforcement official who spoke anonymously to The New York Times, officers had been puzzled as to why they had been told not to enter the school and engage the shooter.
McCraw claimed that Arredondo, identifying the district manager by his title and not his name, miscalculated in assuming that the active shooter situation had become a barricade event.
“Looking back, from where I’m sitting now, of course it wasn’t the right decision. It was the wrong decision, period,’ McCraw said.
His decision is now being investigated by state authorities, as cops continue to protect the outside of his home – apparently upsetting his neighbor.
“I don’t understand why the police in Uvalde, Texas are guarding Pete Arrendondo’s house,” Torres said.
“He is at home, asking the police department to patrol the area and guard his house day and night. He should come out and talk,’ she said, adding that the parents of the 19 children killed in the shooting deserve an explanation from him as to why he didn’t storm the classroom sooner. .
“I want to know why the police officers in the hallway did not react immediately, when the children were asking for help.
“If they can’t protect the children and the citizens of Uvalde, Texas, they have no business being in law enforcement,” Torres said, adding, “They might as well flip burgers somewhere else.”
Uvalde residents wept in front of a makeshift memorial outside Robb Elementary School
A woman kept a young girl by her side as they stood outside the memorial on Saturday
A woman was seen paying tribute to the 19 children and two teachers who were killed in Tuesday’s massacre
A young boy sat outside the memorial on Sunday to pay his respects
Arrendondo is now was investigated for not having a police radio on him when he told his officers to stand back as Salvador Ramos massacred 19 children and two adults.
Arredondo, a former 911 dispatcher who had been elected to the Uvalde City Council days earlier, may have used this as an excuse for why he withheld his officers despite 911 calls from students at the school. inside the school desperate for help.
“That’s going to be key,” a source told the New York Post. “Whether these 911 calls were communicated to officers or the incident commander.”
The source says investigators are still trying to determine if Arredondo had a radio.
“If they were relayed, that also raises questions as to why it wasn’t treated as an active shooter situation.”
And on Friday, it was also revealed that the Uvalde Schools Police Department ignored several protocols from their own active shooter training drills, which they conducted just two months ago.
The United States Department of Justice is currently investigating the police response to the shooting, with a spokesperson Anthony Coley said the review would be conducted in a fair, impartial and independent manner and the findings would be made public.
Officials said the review was being conducted at the request of the mayor of Uvalde.
Arrendondo, 50, was born in Uvalde and was elected to the city council days before the massacre. He is now under police protection.
Arredondo, who was born in Uvalde and was elected to the city council days before the massacre, had a mundane career as a cop.
He began his law enforcement career as a 911 dispatcher for the Uvalde City Police Department in 1993, and over the next 20 years rose through the ranks to finally assume the role of Deputy Chief of Police at the department in 2010.
Thereafter, he held various positions at the Webb County Sheriff’s Office in Laredo – a small Texas town just over 100 miles from Uvalde. He then joined the city’s school district police, United ISD, which includes 88 sworn peace officers.
In March, at the start of the pandemic, Arredondo was given the chance to return home, when he was offered the job of school district police chief in his native Uvalde.
“It’s nice to come home,” Arredondo, who has family in the small rural town, told Uvalde Leader News after accepting the gig.
The department, which presides over only the city’s seven-school district, is made up of four officers, a police chief and a detective.
“The four of us are on a group text,” Arredondo said at the time, adding “they’re very knowledgeable and I encourage them to come up with ideas.”
He went on to say, “Of course my title is important, but having a good group is also important,” Arredondo said, adding, somewhat prophetically, “Otherwise you can surely fail.”
During Friday’s press conference, State Director McCraw corrected reports released Thursday by the Arredondo Department that the shooter entered the building unimpeded, contradicting earlier claims that one of their officers reportedly exchanged gunfire with Ramos before the shooter entered the building.
In fact, police now say the officer actually passed by Ramos rushing to the scene, as the shooter crouched behind a vehicle outside the building.
Arredondo was not at Friday’s press conference to answer questions and it is not yet confirmed if he was even inside the school at the time of the shooting.