Pete Arredondo announced he was stepping down

Pete Arredondo, the chief of the school district police force in Uvalde, Texas, resigned as a member of the Uvalde City Council on Friday amid continued outrage over the slow police response to a shooting at Robb Elementary School in May.

In a letter addressed to the city, Mr. Arredondo said that after much consideration, “it is in the best interest of the community to step down as a member of the City Council for District 3 to minimize further distractions.”

He added that the mayor, the city council, and staff “must continue to move forward to unite our community, once again.”

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The Uvalde Leader-News first reported his resignation. Mr. Arredondo was elected to the city council shortly before a gunman killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School on May 24.

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Fill in some textOn June 22, Uvalde’s school police force announced that it had placed Mr. Arredondo on administrative leave after the state’s top law enforcement leader called the police response “an abject failure.”

Mr. Arredondo was among the first officers to arrive at the school after the shooting began.

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The director of the state police, Steven McCraw, was also the incident commander for the response.

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Though officers from several agencies entered the school minutes after a gunman opened fire in two connected classrooms, they waited more than an hour before confronting and killing him.

Mr. Arredondo defended his decision-making that day and said in an interview with The Texas Tribune that he did not believe he was in charge of the response.

The shooting and the police response are the subjects of several investigations, including one by the U.S. Justice Department.