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Robb Elementary Shooting: Ex-Uvalde School Police Chief and Former Officer Charged With Child Endangerment Over Botched Response to Massacre

Uvalde Shooting: Ex-School Police Chief, Officer Face Charges
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Former Uvalde School District police chief Pete Arredondo) and another ex-officer have been charged, has learned.

Jun. 27 2024, Published 6:45 p.m. ET

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Former Uvalde school police chief Pedro "Pete" Arredondo and another ex-officer have been indicted on charges of child endangerment more than two years after a gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary, killing 19 fourth graders and two teachers. has learned that Adrian Gonzales was the former officer also indicted by a Uvalde County grand jury, according to reports.

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Arredondo (seen above) reportedly turned himself in at the Uvalde County Jail on Thursday.

Arredondo and Gonzales were among the first officers on the scene after deranged gunman Salvador Ramos, 18, began his vicious rampage on May 24, 2022.

Uvalde School District Police chief Arredondo was in charge of the massive law enforcement response on that fateful day.

The police response was lambasted in the wake of the shooting, after it was revealed that nobody attempted to confront Ramos for a shocking 77 minutes.

Ramos was later shot and killed by US Border Patrol Tactical Unit gunmen.

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A DOJ investigation previously found that leadership failures resulted in critical delays that could have potentially saved the lives of children and staff.

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San Antonio Express News was first to report the names on Thursday, revealing they are the first criminal charges against law enforcement in connection with the devastating massacre.

Arredondo turned himself in to be booked on 10 counts of child endangerment. Gonzales was charged in a second indictment, per the report, with 29 counts of child endangerment for each one of the 19 children killed as well as the 10 survivors who suffered injuries.

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Ramos' body remained unclaimed for nearly one month before a crematorium 83 miles away agreed to accept him.

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As we previously reported, a Department of Justice investigation found that leadership failures resulted in critical delays that could have potentially saved the lives of children and staff.

"The victims and survivors of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School deserved better," said Attorney General Garland in a statement released in Jan. 2024. "The law enforcement response at Robb Elementary on May 24th, 2022 — and the response by officials in the hours and days after — was a failure."

"As a consequence of failed leadership, training, and policies, 33 students and three of their teachers — many of whom had been shot — were trapped in a room with an active shooter for over an hour as law enforcement officials remained outside," he continued after a critical incident review of the police response. "We hope to honor the victims and survivors by working together to try to prevent anything like this from happening again, here or anywhere."

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Footage showing Peter Arredondo directing armed officers during the massacre.



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