Uvalde School District Puts Police Chief on Administrative Leave Amid Probe Into School Shooting

© AP Photo / Eric GayMembers of the Pharr, Texas, police department visit a memorial at Robb Elementary School to honor the victims killed in last week's school shooting, Thursday, June 2, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.
Members of the Pharr, Texas, police department visit a memorial at Robb Elementary School to honor the victims killed in last week's school shooting, Thursday, June 2, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. - Sputnik International, 1920, 23.06.2022
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The police chief of the Uvalde Consolidated School District Pete Arredondo has been placed on leave due to a lack of details in the investigation into law enforcement's response to the school shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead, Superintendent Hal Harrell said in a press release.
"Today, I am still without details of the investigations being conducted by various agencies," Harrell said in the release on Wednesday. "Because of the lack of clarity that remains and the unknown timing of when I will receive the results of the investigations, I have made the decision to place Chief Arredondo on administrative leave effective on this date."
On Tuesday, Texas DPS Director Steven McCraw said the local authorities could have responded to the shooting within three minutes. McCraw said the only thing stopping a hallway of dedicated officers from entering the school classrooms was the on-scene commander who "decided to place the lives of officers before the lives of children."
At a presser at the end of May, McCraw said that the person who made the decision - the commander in question - was the School District Police Chief. A US media reported identified him as Arredondo.
Last month, Texas authorities said Arredondo was not cooperating with the state's probe into the incident.
Screengrab of security camera footage from inside Robb Elementary School on the day of last month's schooting showing officers equipped with automatic rifles and at least one shield.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 21.06.2022
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Earlier on Wednesday, Texas State Senator Roland Gutierrez is suing the state's Department of Public Safety (DPS) for access to records related to the elementary school shooting.
On May 24, an 18-year-old gunman opened fire inside Robb Elementary School, killing 19 students and two teachers.
Preliminary results of the probe into the shooting found that there were no law enforcement officers at the school readily available to engage the gunman. However, McCraw on Tuesday said there was a sufficient number of armed officers wearing body armor at the school three minutes after the shooter entered the building.
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