Uvalde schools police chief placed on leave amid fierce criticism of school shooting response
Uvalde law enforcement officers (Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA for AFP)
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District police Chief Pete Arredondo has been placed on administrative leave amid criticism of the law enforcement response to the worst school shooting in Texas history.

Uvalde CISD Superintendent Hal Harrell announced the move in a news release Wednesday, just more than four weeks after the shooting.

Arredondo has come under scrutiny for his response to the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School, during which officers took over an hour to enter the room where the shooter killed 19 children and two teachers.

Anne Marie Espinoza, director of communications and marketing for the school district, would not confirm if the leave was paid or unpaid.

An attorney for Arredondo could not immediately be reached for comment Wednesday.

This is a developing story and will continue to be updated.

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This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2022/06/22/uvalde-pete-arredondo-leave/.

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