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Former Uvalde School Police Chief Arrested on Child Endangerment Counts Two Years After Robb Elementary School Shooting

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Former Uvalde School Police Chief Arrested Two Years Post Robb Elementary School Shooting

Uvalde’s Ex-Police Chief Arrested

Pete Arredondo, the former police chief of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, was arrested on Thursday, marking a significant breakthrough more than two years since the tragic Robb Elementary School shooting of 2022. Immediate reports confirm Arredondo was charged with ten counts of child endangerment and subsequently booked into the Uvalde County Jail. He was later released after posting a $10,000 bond.

Indictments Followed by Emotional Reactions

According to sources, a grand jury indicted Arredondo and a second officer who initially responded to the Uvalde shooting incident. The news of the arrest and indictments stirred emotions not just in the police department but also within the community.

Jesse Rizo, uncle to one of shooting victims Jackie Cazares, expressed his emotional anticipation of the arrest, stating, “I knew the day was going to come. I wasn’t sure how long it would take.”

School District Reaction

The Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District released a statement expressing they had “only just learned about the grand jury decision regarding two indictments being issued.” They further stated they had no other information beyond what the media had reported. The district reiterated its sympathies, extending heartfelt condolences to all who lost their loved ones; “Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this challenging situation.”

The Tragic Incident

These allegations resurface over two years after a teenage gunman wreaked havoc at Robb Elementary, claiming 19 young lives and those of two teachers. Law enforcement confronted and eventually killed the gunman, albeit after a heavily criticized hour-long delay. Notably, Arredondo was dismissed from his position exactly three months after the shooting incident.

Rizo voiced his relief at Arredondo’s arrest, hopeful for additional indictments. “It’s obvious what he did was wrong. He could’ve saved a lot of lives, but sitting there and looking for keys on a keychain for a long time. It’s just unacceptable.”

The Justice Department Report and Aftermath

In January, the Justice Department published an intense report on law enforcement’s response to the mass shooting, highlighting a series of “cascading failures” by Arredondo and other officers.

In May, the families of the Uvalde school shooting victims entered a $2 million settlement with the city of Uvalde. The total sum will be divided among the families of the deceased children and two children who survived the unfortunate incident, as declared in the attorney’s statement representing the families.

Conclusion

Arredondo’s arrest signals a potential turning point in the case of the Robb Elementary shootings. While it provides some solace to the families of the victims, it also raises further questions about the overall response from the law enforcement bodies during the incident. Only time will reveal the full extent of the fallout as the case continues to progress.


Former Uvalde School Police Chief Arrested on Child Endangerment Counts Two Years After Robb Elementary School Shooting

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