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Uvalde school police chief on leave after mass shooting

DALLAS (AP) – The Uvalde school district’s police chief has been put on leave following allegations that he erred in his response to a mass shooting that left 19 students and two teachers dead.

Superintendent Hal Harrell said Wednesday that he put schools police Chief Pete Arredondo on administrative leave.

Arredondo has faced criticism for his role as commander in charge of the response to the May 24 massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

Officers armed with rifles waited in a school hallway for more than an hour while the gunman carried out the massacre.

Arredondo has tried to defend his actions, telling the Texas Tribune that he didn’t consider himself the commander and that he assumed someone else had taken control of the police response.


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