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Uvalde school police chief who obstructed response to shooting recently completed active shooter training: report

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  • The Uvalde School Police Chief recently completed active shooter training.

  • Pete Arredondo completed the course in December 2021 and August 2020, according to NBC News.

  • It comes as officials say he hampered the police response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary.

The Uvalde, Texas, school district police chief who hampered the response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that left 19 children and two adults dead, took a course of active shooter training, according to an NBC News report.

Texas Commission on Law Enforcement records obtained by the outlet show Pete Arredondo completed “Active Shooter Training Mandate” — a course that compares “an active shooter event and a hostage or barricade crisis” — in December 2021 and in August 2020.

At a news conference on Friday, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw said police did not immediately confront the 18-year-old gunman during the attack, calling it “bad decision”.

McCraw said law enforcement at the scene “believes he went from an active shooter to a barricaded subject.”

“Obviously, based on the information we have, there were kids in that class who were at risk and it was, in fact, still an active shooter situation,” McCraw added.

A police officer who was at the scene said there was “almost a mutiny” after they were ordered to stay put.

The police department, in this case, was heavily criticized for its response and changed its statements regarding what happened several times during the week.

Arredondo, who has served as police chief for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District since 2020, is expected to join the Uvalde City Council, Insider reported.

Arredondo was elected to the post before the attack.

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