Uvalde schools police chief resigns from city council

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Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo

(NewsNation) —  Pete Arredondo, the Uvalde schools police chief criticized for waiting too long before confronting the gunman during a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school, resigned from his position in the Uvalde City Council.

“After much consideration, it is in the best interest of the community to step down as a member of the City Council for District 3,” he said in his resignation letter sent to the mayor and city secretary.

“I feel this is the best decision for Uvalde,” Arredondo told the Uvalde Leader-News. “The mayor, the city council, and the city staff must continue to move forward without distractions.”

Arredondo was sworn in as city councilman on May 31, one week after the attack at Robb Elementary school that left 19 children and two teachers dead.

The Uvalde City Council on June 21 voted unanimously against giving Arredondo a leave of absence from appearing at public meetings. Relatives of the shooting victims had pleaded with city leaders to instead fire him.

“Please, please, we’re begging you, get this man out of our lives,” said Berlinda Arreola, the grandmother of Amerie Jo Garza, a 10-year-old who was fatally shot in the attack.

Sen. Paul Bettencourt told the state Senate hearing that Arredondo should have stepped down straight away.

“This man should have removed himself from the job immediately because, just looking at his response, he was incapable of it,” Bettencourt said.

Arredondo and his lawyer have declined repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press.

Lawmakers and the public have demanded authorities provide more information about their response to the shooting. Many parents and relatives of children and staff have expressed anger over long delays in police action after the gunman entered Robb Elementary and began shooting.

According to reports, Arredondo remains on administrative leave from the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District police department. There is no indication he will resign from the position.

NewsNation affiliate KXAN contributed to this report.

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