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Uvalde police chief who delayed active shooter response will join city council

Arredondo believed the shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, had "barricaded himself in" and was not an active shooter.


The Uvalde police chief who stopped at least 19 officers from responding while an active shooter killed children and teachers at an elementary school will take a seat on city council.

Peter Arredondo reportedly delayed his officers from moving into Robb Elementary School while 21 children and teachers were being murdered Tuesday.

He will take a seat on the Uvalde City Council, to which he was elected three weeks ago.

According to NBC News Philadelphia, "as Arredondo’s tenure hit two years, his local likability led to a successful bid for a City Council seat this month. He beat out three other candidates, garnering nearly 70 percent of the vote in the May 7 election."

It's been reported Arredondo believed the shooter, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, had "barricaded himself in" and was not an active shooter.

This, of course, was untrue, and Ramos was unimpeded in his deadly activities for over an hour.

Police were barred from entering the school and, in turn, barred parents from entering.

Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, had heavy criticism for Arredondo Friday.

"From the benefit of hindsight where I’m sitting now, of course, it was not the right decision. It was a wrong decision. Period. There was no excuse for that," he said.

"There were plenty of officers to do what needed to be done, with one exception, is that the incident commander inside believed he needed more equipment and more officers to do a tactical breach at that time."

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