“After much thought, I regret to inform those who voted for me that I have decided to resign as a member of the City Council for District 3,” Arredondo said, according to Leader-News. “The mayor, the city council and the city staff must keep moving forward without distraction. I think this is the best decision for Uvalde.”
Uvalde city officials were not notified of Arredondo’s decision on Saturday afternoon, and CNN has reached out to his lawyer for comment.
Arredondo, the head of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Police Department since March 2020, was identified by state authorities as the site commander during the mass shooting in which a gunman entered adjacent classrooms on May 24 and killed 19 children and two teachers.
Several law enforcement officers arrived at the school within minutes but allowed the gunman to remain in the classrooms for 77 minutes until they finally entered and killed him, according to a timeline from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), which is conducting a review of the incident. . The long delay contradicted commonly learned active-shooting protocol that calls for police to stop the threat immediately and came even as children inside repeatedly called 911 begging for help.
In a Texas Senate hearing last week, DPS director Colonel Steven McCraw called the police response an “abject failure” and placed the sole blame on Arredondo.
Arredondo, who has spent nearly 30 years in law enforcement, did not speak to the public in substance that day about his decision making, but he told the Texas Tribune in an interview that he did not consider himself the commander on the scene.
However, at least one of the responding officers expressed a belief that Arredondo was leading the law enforcement action within the school and told others, “The chief is in charge,” according to the DPS timeline.
Arredondo also told the Texas Tribune that he had not instructed officers not to breach the classrooms.
In the wake of the release of the DPS timeline and further details on law enforcement’s response, Uvalde Arredondo’s CISD Inspector Hal Harrell on June 22 placed Arredondo on furlough from his position as school police chief.
Arredondo was elected to Uvalde City Council on May 7 and was sworn in a week after the May 24 shooting, CNN previously reported.
This is a story in development and will be updated.
Jason Hanna of CNN contributed to this report.