The Uvalde School District Police Chief who changed the status of the Robb Primary School firing squad from a ‘live shooter’ to a ‘detained suspect’ has been severely beaten by his cowardly neighbor.
As a result of the change in status, critics claim, police officers stood back for more than half an hour while Salvador Ramos continued to slaughter 19 children and two adults who had been detained with him in class.
Some students even continued to call 911 at the time, informing police that Ramos, 18, was still shooting.
‘Pete Arrendondo is a coward,’ his neighbor, Lydia Torres, 56, later told the New York Post. ‘He did not do his job. He lost children. ‘
Arrendondo, 50, is now in police custody while Texas state detectives check whether he even had a police radio when he made the decision.
But one soldier at the scene on Tuesday said that Arredondo was mistakenly being made a scapegoat.
“It is a lie that Arrendondo told everyone to stand up,” the unnamed officer said. ‘It’s a lie. And we all get death threats. It is a bad dream. ‘
Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Chief Peter Arrendondo has been accused by his neighbor of being a ‘coward’.
Arrendondo changed Robb Primary School’s shooting range from ‘live shooter’ to ‘detained suspect’ on Tuesday while Salvador Ramos, 18, locked himself in a classroom and continued firing.
As a result of that decision police officers stood back for more than half an hour
Concerned parents gathered outside SSGT Civilian Center Willie de Leon on Tuesday as phone calls continued from children trapped inside.
Colonel Steven McCraw admitted at a press conference on Friday that the decision to change the shooting situation was a ‘wrong decision’.
The allegations come after Texas Head of the Department of Public Security Steven McCraw accused Arredondo of failing to date 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, mistakenly believing that the young man had finished his murder and was hiding from police.
But, McCraw said, students continued to call 911 locked in class with Ramos, with Arredondo and his men waiting outside the room for more than an hour.
It was revealed Friday that the Uvalde School Police Department ignored several protocols from their shooting practice, which they had conducted two months ago.
Finally, Border patrol officers who arrived at the scene after hearing the incident on a scanner, broke down a locked classroom door, one of whom shot Ramos.
According to a law enforcement officer who spoke to The New York Times anonymously, the agents were puzzled as to why they were being told not to go to school and associate with an armed man.
McCraw claimed that Arredondo, identifying the district commissioner by title and not by name, made a false calculation assuming that the shooter had been a deterrent.
“For the benefit of looking back, from where I was sitting now, it was definitely not the right decision. It was a bad decision, period,” McCraw said.
His decision is now being investigated by state authorities, with police continuing to guard outside his home – apparently angry at his neighbor.
“I do not understand why the police from Uvalde, Texas are guarding Pete Arrendondo’s house,” Torres said.
He is at home, asking the police department to patrol the area and guard his house day and night. He should come forward and talk, ”he said, adding that the parents of the 19 children killed in the shooting deserved an explanation from him as to why he did not storm the classroom earlier.
‘I want to know why the police officers in the hallway did not take immediate action, when the children were begging for help.
“If they can’t protect children and citizens of Uvalde, Texas, then they have no business in law enforcement,” Torres said, adding: ‘They can also go and turn the burger elsewhere.’
Residents of Uvalde mourned at a temporary memorial outside Robb Primary School
One woman put a little girl next to her as they stood outside the memorial on Saturday
A woman was seen paying tribute to 19 children and two teachers killed in the killings on Tuesday.
One little boy sat outside the memorial on Sunday to pay his respects
Arrendondo is now an investigation into the possible absence of a police radio when he told his officers to stop while Salvador Ramos slaughtered 19 children and two adults.
Arredondo, a former 911 transporter who had been elected to the Uvalde city council a few days ago, may have used that as an excuse for shutting down his officers despite 911 calls from students inside the school in need of help.
‘That will be important,’ ‘a source told the New York Post. ‘If those 911 calls were being delivered to officers or the commander of the incident.’
The source says investigators are still trying to determine if Arredondo had a radio.
“If they were presented, it also raises questions as to why they were not considered a shooting range.”
And on Friday, it was also revealed that the Uvalde Schools Police Department ignored several protocols from their shooting exercises, which they had conducted two months ago.
The U.S. Department of Justice is currently investigating a police response to the shooting, and its spokesman Anthony Coley said the review would be conducted in a fair, impartial and free manner and that the results would be transparent.
Officials said the review was carried out at the request of the mayor of Uvalde.
Arrendondo, 50, was born in Uvalde and was elected city council a few days before the assassination. He is now in police custody
Arredondo, who was born in Uvalde and was elected city council a few days before the assassination, has had an unusual job as a soldier.
He began his law enforcement career as a 911 to the Uvalde city police department in 1993, and for the next 20 years, he struggled to finally take on the role of assistant police chief in the department in 2010.
Later, he worked full-time at the Webb County Sheriff’s Office in Laredo – a small Texas town more than 100 miles from Uvalde. He then moved to the city police station of the city school, United ISD, which includes 88 sworn peace officers.
In March, during the early days of the tragedy, Arredondo had the opportunity to return home, when he was offered the position of school district police chief in his native Uvalde.
“It’s good to be back home,” Arredondo, who has a family in a small rural town, told Uvalde Leader News after accepting the festival.
The department, which manages only the city district school of seven schools, consists of four officers, one police chief, and an investigator.
‘All four of us are in the group writing,’ Arredondo said at the time, adding ‘they are very knowledgeable, and I encourage them to give ideas.’
He continued: ‘Of course, my rank is important, but having a good team is also important,’ Arredondo said, adding, to some extent prophetic, ‘If not, you can certainly fail.’
During a Friday newspaper report, state director McCraw revised a statement issued by the Arredondo department on Thursday that a gunman had entered the building without hindrance, disputing earlier allegations that one of their officers had shot Ramos before a gunman. entering the building.
In fact, police now say the officer was passing near Ramos while fleeing the scene, when a man with a gun leaned back in the car outside the building.
Arredondo was not at a press conference Friday to answer questions and it has not yet been confirmed if he was even inside the school at the time of the shooting.