8 years before Uvalde, Arredondo was demoted from previous law enforcement position: report

8 years before Uvalde, Arredondo was demoted from previous law enforcement position: report

This report is from the San Antonio Express-News.

UVALDE, Texas (ABC News) — eight years before Uvalde School Police Chief Pete Arredondo’s controversial law enforcement response to Mass shooting He was demoted from a top position at Robb Elementary School in the Webb County Sheriff’s Office, according to a local news outlet Thursday.

Arredondo “couldn’t get along with people,” Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar said. San Antonio Express NewsAccording to this report. Cuellar also said he demoted Arredondo from assistant commander to commander in 2014.

“He just didn’t fit the qualifications or the job that I had in mind for him,” Cuellar said, according to the report.

Arredondo has come under intense scrutiny for his role in the police response to the May 24 massacre, which killed 19 children and two teachers. Police He waited 77 minutes After entering the school to break down a classroom door containing an 18-year-old armed man.

A special committee in the Texas Legislature issued a report Last month, it was determined that Arredondo “did not assume or delegate the role of incident commander.”

Erredondo before told the Texas Tribune who did not consider himself the commander of the scene during the shooting.

According to documents first reported by the San Antonio Express-News and obtained by ABC News, Arredondo, while working for Webb County, was promoted “from assistant chief to commander” in October 2014 and two days earlier , a Webb County employee wrote “demotion” on his pay slip.

Ardondo left the Webb County Sheriff’s Office in 2017 to take a role as school district police captain in Laredo, where he stayed for three years. When he applied for the position in Laredo, Arredondo highlighted his role in hostage negotiations during his time in Webb County.

Cuellar, the Webb County sheriff who demoted Ardondo in 2014, told the San Antonio Express-News that Ardondo “slightly exaggerated” his role in the hostage negotiations he mentioned in his plea to Laredo.

“It wasn’t quite him. I think he exaggerated a bit,” Cuellar told the newspaper. And added that it was a team effort.

Arredondo was named the Uvalde Independent School District’s new police chief in February 2020.

Neither Arredondo nor Cuellar, nor Uvalde Unified Independent School District officials, immediately responded to ABC News’ requests for comment.

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