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Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo Reportedly Had NO Police Radio When Shooting

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Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo reportedly did not have his radio with him when he arrived at the Robb Elementary School shooting that killed 21 people, including 19 children.

That may have caused delays in Arredondo’s communications with police, according to the report New York Timesciting a law enforcement officer familiar with the investigation.

Instead, he used a cell phone, the Times reported, and called a landline for the district police to tell dispatchers that the gunman had an AR-15. He then said, incorrectly at the time, that Salvador Ramos was trapped.

It was revealed last week that the Uvalde Schools police were ignoring several protocols of their own active target practice, which they had practiced just two months ago.

Arredondo has spoken to the Texas Rangers, who are interviewing the investigation into the massacre on behalf of the state’s Department of Public Safety.

During a bombshell presser in the aftermath of the shooting, The head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Steven McCraw, criticized Chief Pete Arredondo for failing to involve 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, falsely believing the teen was done killing and hiding from the police.

Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo reportedly did not have his radio with him when he arrived at the Robb Elementary School shooting that killed 21 people, including 19 children.

Instead, he used a cell phone, the Times reported, and called a landline for the district police to tell dispatchers that the gunman had an AR-15.  He then said, wrongly at the time, that Salvador Ramos (pictured) was locked in

Instead, he used a cell phone, the Times reported, and called a landline for the district police to tell dispatchers that the gunman had an AR-15. He then said, wrongly at the time, that Salvador Ramos (pictured) was locked in

“Looking back, from where I am now, it was obviously not the right decision. It was the wrong decision, period,” McCraw said.

The state security officer’s allegation comes as the school district police continue to be critically investigated for their handling of the shooting.

McCraw revealed that There were 911 calls made by students while they were locked in class with Ramos, while Arredondo and his men waited outside the room for more than an hour.

Possibly, Border Patrol agents who arrived on the scene after hearing the incident on scanners broke through the locked classroom door, killing one of Ramos.

According to a law enforcement official who spoke anonymously to The New York Times, the officers were puzzled as to why they were told not to enter the school and engage the gunman.

Video footage of the scene shows angry parents begging officers parked outside the school to enter the building, wondering what the fate of their children would be.

Video footage of the scene shows angry parents begging officers parked outside the school to enter the building, wondering what the fate of their children would be.

McCraw alleged that Arredondo, who identified the district chief by title and not name, miscalculated in assuming that the active gunman situation had become a barricade event.

Arredondo, 50, is at the center of reactions from parents who wonder if their children could have been saved.

Born in Uvalde and elected to the city council just days before the massacre, Arredondo has had an unremarkable career as a police officer.

He started his career in the police force as a 911 Coordinator for Uvalde City Police in 1993, and over the next 20 years, he worked his way up to eventually assume the role of Assistant Police Chief in the department in 2010.

He then held various positions at the Webb County Sheriff’s Office in Laredo – a small Texas town just over 100 miles from Uvalde. He then transferred to the city’s school district police force, United ISD, which consists of 88 sworn peace officers.

In March, during the early days of the pandemic, Arredondo was given the opportunity to return home when he was offered the post of school district police chief in his native Uvalde.

“It’s nice to come home again,” Arredondo, who has family in the small, rural town, told Uvalde Leader News when he accepted the gig.

The department, which only presides over the city’s seven-school district, is made up of four officers, a police chief and a detective.

Law enforcement officers were seen Tuesday at the scene of a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas

Law enforcement officers were seen Tuesday at the scene of a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas

Born in Uvalde and elected to the city council just days before the massacre, Arredondo has had an unremarkable career as a police officer.  He started out as a 911 dispatcher in the city's police force in 1993 before taking the job of the school's chief of police in March 2020

Born in Uvalde and elected to the city council just days before the massacre, Arredondo has had an unremarkable career as a police officer. He started out as a 911 dispatcher in the city’s police force in 1993 before taking the job of the school’s chief of police in March 2020

“All four of us are doing a group text,” Arredondo said then, adding “they have a lot of knowledge and I encourage them to give ideas.”

He continued: ‘Of course my title is important, but having a good group is also important,’ said Arredondo, adding somewhat prophetically: ‘If not, you can certainly fail.’

During Friday’s press conference, State Director McCraw corrected information released Thursday by the Arredondo Department that the gunman entered the building unimpeded, contradicting previous claims that one of their officers exchanged fire with Ramos before the gunman entered the building.

In fact, police now say the officer passed Ramos while he was rushing to the crime scene, while the gunman crouched behind a vehicle outside the building.

Arredondo was not at the press conference to answer questions and it has not yet been confirmed whether he was even in the school at the time of the shooting.

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