Officials in Uvalde no longer cooperate with the state investigation into the shooting at Robb Folkeskole, where 19 children and two teachers were shot and killed.
Uvalde Police Department and Uvalde Independent School District police force has stopped cooperating with the Texas Department of Public Safety’s investigation into the massacre, law enforcement sources told ABC News.
School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo – who called to wait for more resources instead of confronting the gunman earlier – has not responded to requests for information for more than two days.
Despite this, Arredondo was sworn in on Tuesday night as a city council member in Uvalde at a private ceremony that Mayor Don McLaughlin said was out of respect for the families who buried their children that day.
He reportedly decided to stop cooperating with the investigation after State Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw said police’s delayed access to the school was ‘the wrong decision’ during a news conference Friday.
– With the advantage of hindsight, where I sit now, it was obviously not the right decision. That was the wrong decision, McCraw said. ‘It is clear that there were children in the room. It is clear that they were in danger. ‘
While 18-year-old Salvador Ramos was locked inside the classroom where he killed 21 people, Arredondo determined that the situation had changed from a threat from an active shooter to a barricaded motive.
For that reason, he felt that there was time to pick up the keys to the classroom from the janitor, and for the Border Patrol’s tactical team to arrive and enter the classroom behind shields.
Students were locked inside the classroom with the gunman for over an hour.
Officials are continuing to clarify the order of events unfolding at Robb Elementary on May 24, prompting the U.S. Department of Justice to launch its own investigation into the reaction to the shooting.
Funerals for the victims began Monday and will continue for the next two weeks.
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