Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Peter Arredondo, who is under intense scrutiny for being the one who reportedly coordinated the response to the Robb Elementary School shooting, has been sworn in as a city councilman, the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday night.
Arrendondo was elected by the voters of Uvalde, Texas, prior to the shooting, and other members of the council were also sworn in.
As RedState reported earlier, the Texas Department of Public Safety said earlier Tuesday that Arrendondo, in particular, and the city’s police officials were no longer cooperating with state investigators. He made the decision to not confront the gunman, who killed 19 students and two teachers, right away and instead waited for backup. And according to the DPS, Arredondo believed the shooter had barricaded himself inside the school and that it was not an active shooter situation, NBC News reported.
“From the benefit of hindsight where I’m sitting now, of course, it was not the right decision. It was a wrong decision. Period. There was no excuse for that,” Texas DPS Director Steven McCraw said at a news conference, according to NBC News.
“There were plenty of officers to do what needed to be done, with one exception, is that the incident commander inside believed he needed more equipment and more officers to do a tactical breach at that time,” McCraw added.
According to the New York Post, state officials were also probing whether or not the chief had his police radio on him during the situation.
As this is breaking news, RedState will provide further updates as they become available.