Texas is probing whether or not Uvalde Faculties Police Chief Peter Arredondo even had a police radio on him when he made the disastrous determination to have officers stand again — as a substitute of confronting shooter Salvador Ramos, who killed 19 youngsters, a legislation enforcement supply instructed The Put up.
The shortage of a police radio might clarify why Arredondo determined to carry officers again as a number of college students known as 911 from inside the college begging for assist, investigators consider.
“That’s going to be key,” the supply stated, “If these 911 calls have been being communicated to the officers or the incident commander.”
Ramos crashed a pickup truck right into a ditch exterior Robb Elementary Tuesday, who rapidly began capturing, and climbed a fence earlier than gaining entry by means of a door left propped open, officers have stated.
Cops entered the college about two minutes after the gunman, who barricaded himself in a classroom, the place all 21 victims have been slain. However officers have stated Arrendondo ordered officers to carry off getting into the classroom, regardless of pleas from mother and father exterior that somebody attempt to save the youngsters.
“We’re nonetheless making an attempt to find out if he had a radio on him, if he was monitoring the communication channels,” the supply stated. “In the event that they have been being relayed, it additionally raises questions as to why it was not handled as an energetic shooter scenario.”
“The issue proper now’s there’s a lot confusion,” about who was on the scene, the supply stated, noting officers from a number of companies rushed to the college as soon as the 911 calls began coming in.
Arredondo, who was the best rating officer and among the many first to reach, refused to talk to The Put up on Saturday morning, however has already spoken with the Texas Rangers, who’re conducting the interviews for the state Division of Public Security investigation into the response at Robb Elementary College, the supply stated.
Officers have stated Arrendondo believed they wanted extra tools and extra officers earlier than they stormed the classroom. Col. Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Division of Public Security, stated in a briefing Friday that he “made the flawed determination.”
However one cop who was on the scene instructed the Put up that Arrendondo was wrongly blamed.
“It’s a lie that [Pete] Arrendondo instructed everybody to face down,” stated the officer, who didn’t need to be named. “It’s a lie. And we’re all getting loss of life threats. It’s a f—g nightmare.”
Arrendondo, an Uvalde native who is ready to affix Uvalde’s Metropolis Council after he gained 70% of the vote earlier this month, had loads of energetic shooter coaching to fall again on, one in every of his former bosses stated.
Ray Garner, who supervised Arredondo when he labored at Laredo’s college district, known as Arredondo an “glorious officer” and stated, “Down right here, we do lots of coaching on active-shooter situations, and he was concerned in these. We prepare [officers] to go straight for the shooters and neutralize them.”
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Actually, the college district hosted an energetic shooter drill simply two months in the past at Uvalde Excessive College. The state-mandated curriculum for the coaching included a piece on an energetic capturing morphing right into a “barricade disaster.”