Embattled Uvalde Independent School District (UCISD) Police Chief Pete Arredondo has been placed on administrative leave, district Superintendent Hal Harrell announced Wednesday.
The decision comes as Arredondo continues to face criticism for his response to the May 24 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers. Harrell said Lt. Mike Hernandez would assume Arredondo’s role for now, according to CNN.
“Because of the lack of clarity that remains and the unknown timing of when I will receive the results of the investigations, I have made the decision to place Chief Arredondo on administrative leave effective on this date,” Harrell said in a statement.
The superintendent said he initially wanted to wait for the investigation into the Robb Elementary mass shooting