- Feb 25, 2013
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Uvalde school district police chief, who led shooting response, won't be sworn into City Council seat as planned
Uvalde school police chief Pete Arredondo was elected to the City Council on May 7 but will not be sworn in as planned Tuesday, the mayor announced.
“Our focus on Tuesday is on our families who lost loved ones," McLaughlin said in a statement provided to USA TODAY. "We begin burying our children tomorrow, the innocent victims of last week’s murders at Robb Elementary School."
Arredondo led the law enforcement response to the Tuesday mass shooting at Robb Elementary School and prevented officers from confronting the gunman for more than an hour, according to Texas authorities, raising further questions about whether lives could have been saved. Nineteen students and two teachers were killed.
It was not immediately clear if Arredondo would be sworn in at a later time, or if it could be done privately. He was one of three council members scheduled to be sworn in Tuesday.