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The school board in Uvalde, Texas, held a termination hearing on Wednesday for beleaguered school district police chief Pete Arredondo, who was suspended in June following a shooting at Robb Elementary School that left 19 children and two teachers dead.
Arredondo, who has been harshly criticized in the wake of the shooting for his response to the shooting, did not attend Wednesday’s meeting, his attorney said.
“Chief Arredondo will not participate in his own illegal and unconstitutional public lynching and respectfully requests the Board immediately reinstate him, with all backpay and benefits and close the complaint as unfounded,” Arredondo’s attorney, George Hyde, wrote in a 17-page letter that was sent out less than an hour before the meeting.
Arredondo, the incident commander, has been harshly criticized by the Uvalde community, lawmakers, and state police for the 70-minute delay in confronting the gunman.
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Hyde argued in Wednesday’s letter that Arredondo did not consider himself to be the incident commander and wasn’t aware that children were wounded in the classroom.
“It is important to note that Chief Arredondo, along with several other officers in the hallway, were completely unaware of any occupants in the room with the shooter until entry was made, the shooter was engaged, and the officers stopped him,” Hyde wrote.
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Arredondo told a Texas House committee investigating the shooting that he thought the suspect was contained in the classroom.
“Although the encounter had begun as an ‘active shooter’ scenario, Chief Arredondo testified that he immediately began to think of the attacker as being ‘cornered’ and the situation as being one of a ‘barricaded subject,'” House lawmakers wrote in the report.
“With the benefit of hindsight, we now know this was a terrible, tragic mistake.”