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Uvalde school police chief fired 3 months after botched response to school shooting

Pete Arredondo, the police chief in charge of the law enforcement response to the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, has been fired. After a nearly 90-minute termination hearing held behind closed doors Wednesday evening, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District’s board voted unanimously to terminate Arredondo’s contract effective immediately. They also found there was good cause for him not to receive pay for the time he was on unpaid administrative leave since July 19…. The families of the 21 victims of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary have been demanding Arredondo be fired since news first broke in late May that the police chief was in charge of the law enforcement response during the shooting. Hundreds of officers waited more than an hour to confront the gunman while children in the 4th grade classroom where he was holed up called 911.

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