Uvalde, Texas school district police chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo will technically stay on the job for at least a little longer after a 9 a.m. Saturday school board meeting to discuss his fate was postponed indefinitely.
“In conformity with due process requirements, and at the request of his attorney, the meeting to consider the termination of Chief Arredondo will be held at a later date which has yet to be determined,” a bulletin posted to the school district’s website reads.
That note added the Uvalde native will remain on unpaid administrative leave until future notice.
Arrendondo was said to be the top cop on May 24 when a teenage gunman entered Robb Elementary School and slaughtered 19 students and two of their teachers. State authorities claimed the chief was in charge of well-armed and armored officers who waited for over an hour while the shooter continued his rampage.
More than 375 law enforcement officers converged on the school before Ramos was himself shot dead, the Texas Tribune reported. Nearly a dozen had reportedly arrived within minutes. Arrendondo reportedly claimed he did not believe he was the incident commander.
Several parents called for Arrendondo’s firing at a three-hour school board meeting Monday.