Uvalde School District Police Chief Placed on Administrative Leave

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HOUSTON — The Uvalde, Texas, school district police chief has been placed on administrative leave after the state’s top police official blamed him for delaying a confrontation with a gunman at the Robb Elementary School last month, the school district announced Wednesday.

Chief Pete Arredondo was among the first officers to respond to the school after the shooting began May 24 and, according to State Police Director Steven McCraw, was the incident commander for the response.

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Although officers from multiple agencies entered the school minutes after a gunman opened fire in two connected classrooms, they waited more than an hour before confronting and killing him. Nineteen students and two teachers were killed in the attack.

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