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Texas probing whether Uvalde Schools Police Chief Peter Arredondo even had a police radio on him

As the heat piles on Uvalde Schools Police Chief Pete Arredondo, he’s now being investigated for possibly not having a police radio on him when he told his officers to stand back as Salvador Ramos slaughtered 19 children and two adults.

Arredondo, a former 911 dispatcher who’d been elected to Uvalde’s city council just days earlier, may have used that as an excuse for why he held his officers back despite the 911 calls from students inside the school desperate for assistance. 

‘That’s going to be key,’ a source told the New York Post. ‘If those 911 calls were being communicated to the officers or the incident commander.’

The source says that investigators are still trying to determine whether Arredondo had a radio. 

‘If they were being relayed, it also raises questions as to why it was not treated as an active shooter situation.’

As the heat piles on Uvalde Schools Police Chief Pete Arredondo, he’s now being investigated for possibility not having a police radio on him when he told his officers to stand back as Salvador Ramos slaughters 19 children and two adults 

Arredondo, a former 911 dispatcher who'd been elected to Uvalde's city council just days earlier, may have used that as an excuse for why he held his officers back despite the 911 calls from students inside the school desperate for assistance

Arredondo, a former 911 dispatcher who’d been elected to Uvalde’s city council just days earlier, may have used that as an excuse for why he held his officers back despite the 911 calls from students inside the school desperate for assistance

The source says that investigators are still trying to determine whether Arredondo had a radio

The source says that investigators are still trying to determine whether Arredondo had a radio

Salvador Ramos slaughtered 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday

Salvador Ramos slaughtered 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary School on Tuesday

During a bombshell presser Friday, Texas Department of Public Safety head Steven McCraw slammed Chief Pete Arredondo for failing to engage 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, mistakenly believing the teen had finished his killing spree and was hiding out from cops.

During a bombshell presser Friday, Texas Department of Public Safety head Steven McCraw slammed Chief Pete Arredondo for failing to engage 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, mistakenly believing the teen had finished his killing spree and was hiding out from cops.

It was revealed Friday that the Uvalde Schools Police Department ignored several protocols from their own active shooter training drills, which they had practiced just two months ago.  

It was revealed Friday that the Uvalde Schools Police Department ignored several protocols from their own active shooter training drills, which they had practiced just two months ago

It was revealed Friday that the Uvalde Schools Police Department ignored several protocols from their own active shooter training drills, which they had practiced just two months ago 

Arredondo has spoken to the Texas Rangers, who are handling interviews on behalf of the state’s department of public safety investigation into the massacre.  

A cop on the scene of the shooting has said that Arredondo is wrongly being made a scapegoat.

‘It’s a lie that Arrendondo told everyone to stand down,’ said the anonymous officer. ‘It’s a lie. And we’re all getting death threats. It’s a f*****g nightmare.’

During a bombshell presser Friday, Texas Department of Public Safety head Steven McCraw slammed Chief Pete Arredondo for failing to engage 18-year-old Salvador Ramos, mistakenly believing the teen had finished his killing spree and was hiding out from cops.

‘With the benefit of hindsight, from where I’m sitting now, of course it was not the right decision. It was the wrong decision, period,’ McCraw said.

The assertion from the state safety official comes as the the school district’s police force continues to face scrutiny for their handling of the shooting.

McCraw revealed that 911 calls had been made by students while locked in the classroom with Ramos, as Arredondo and his men waited outside the room for more than an hour.

Eventually, Border Patrol agents who rushed to the scene after hearing the incident unfold on scanners, breached the locked classroom door, with one fatally shooting Ramos.

Video footage from the scene shows angry parents pleading with officers parked outside the school to enter the building, as they wondered as to the fate of their children

Video footage from the scene shows angry parents pleading with officers parked outside the school to enter the building, as they wondered as to the fate of their children

According to a law enforcement official who anonymously spoke to The New York Times, the agents had been puzzled as to why they were being told not to enter the school and engage the gunman.

McCraw asserted that Arredondo, identifying the district chief by title and not by name, made a miscalculation assuming the active shooter situation had become a barricade event.

Arredondo, 50, become the focus of backlash from parents wondering if their children could have been saved. 

Arredondo, who was born in Uvalde and was elected to city council just days before the massacre, has had an unremarkable career as a cop.

He started his law enforcement career as a 911 dispatcher for Uvalde’s town police department in 1993, and over the course of the next 20 years, worked his way up to eventually assume the role of assistant police chief at the department in 2010. 

Afterwards, he worked various roles at Webb County Sheriff’s Office in Laredo – a small Texas town a little more than 100 miles from Uvalde. He then moved to the city’s school district police force, United ISD, which is comprised of 88 sworn peace officers.

In March, during the early days of the pandemic, Arredondo got the chance to return home, when he was offered the position of school district police chief in his native Uvalde.

‘It’s nice to come back home,’ Arredondo, who has family in the small, rural town, told the Uvalde Leader News upon accepting the gig.

The department, which only presides over the town’s school seven-school district, is comprised of four officers, one police chief, and a detective. 

‘All four of us are on a group text,’ Arredondo said at the time, adding ‘they are very knowledgeable, and I encourage them to give ideas.’

He went on to assert: ‘Of course, my title is important, but having a good group is also important,’ Arredondo said, adding, somewhat prophetically, ‘If not, you can surely fail.’

During Friday’s presser, state director McCraw corrected information released by Arredondo’s department Thursday that the gunman entered the building unimpeded, contradicting prior assertions that one of their officers exchanged fire with Ramos before the gunman entered the building.

Law enforcement are seen at the scene of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday

Law enforcement are seen at the scene of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday

Arredondo, who was born in Uvalde and was elected to city council just days before the massacre, has had an unremarkable career as a cop, starting out as a 911 dispatcher in the town's police force in 1993 before accepting the school police chief gig in March 2020

Arredondo, who was born in Uvalde and was elected to city council just days before the massacre, has had an unremarkable career as a cop, starting out as a 911 dispatcher in the town’s police force in 1993 before accepting the school police chief gig in March 2020

In fact, police now say that the officer had actually passed by Ramos while rushing to the scene, as the gunman crouched behind a vehicle outside of the building.

Arredondo was not at Friday’s press conference to answer questions and it remains unconfirmed if he was even inside the school at the time of the shooting. 

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