The Uvalde school police chief who hindered response to shooting had recent active shooter training: report

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Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo.CTV News
  • Uvalde school police chief recently completed active shooter training.

  • Pete Arredondo completed the course in December 2021 and in August 2020, per NBC News.

  • It comes as officials say he hindered the police response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary.

The Uvalde, Texas school district police chief who hindered the response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that left 19 children and two adults dead, completed an active shooting training course multiple times, according to a report from NBC News.

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement records obtained by the outlet shows that Pete Arredondo completed "Active Shooter Training Mandate" — a course that compares "an active shooter event and a hostage or barricade crisis" — in December 2021 and in August 2020.

At a press conference on Friday, Director of Texas Department of Public Safety Steven McCraw said that police didn't immediately confront the 18-year-old gunman during the attack, calling it the "wrong decision."

McCraw stated that law enforcement at the scene "believed that it had transitioned from an active shooter to a barricaded subject."

"Obviously, based upon the information we have, there were children in that classroom that were at risk and it was, in fact, still an active shooter situation," McCraw added.

A police officer who was at the scene said there was "almost a mutiny" after they were ordered to stay put.

The police department, in this case, was sharply criticized for its response and changed its statements in regards to what happened several times throughout the week.

Arredondo, who has been Chief of Police of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District since 2020, is expected to join the Uvalde city council, Insider reported.

Arredondo was elected to the position before the attack took place.

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