Former Uvalde schools police chief charged with 10 counts of ‘abandoning and endangering’ Robb Elementary survivors

Former Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo has been charged in connection with the investigation into the 2022 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, court records show.

According to the indictment, Arredondo was charged with 10 counts of abandonment and endangering a child in connection with the 10 surviving children from Robb Elementary School.

Arredondo was booked into the Uvalde County Jail Thursday night and released on bail, according to Sheriff Ruben Nolasco. Arredondo’s last known attorney, George Hyde, had no comment when contacted by ABC News.

Booking photo of former Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo.

Uvalde County Sheriff’s Department

A second man has also been charged, according to an ABC Austin affiliate K.V.U.E.. K.V.U.E., San Antonio Express-News And Uvalde Leader News According to the report, the second man charged is former Uvalde School District police officer Adrian Gonzales. ABC News has not independently confirmed the second allegation.

These allegations were first reported by the police. San Antonio Express News,

PHOTO: In this May 26, 2022 file photo, Uvalde School Police Chief Pete Arredondo, third from left, stands during a news conference outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

In this May 26, 2022 file photo, Uvalde School Police Chief Pete Arredondo, third from left, stands during a news conference outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

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The indictment alleges that after hearing gunfire, Arredondo failed to identify the shooting as an active shooter, failed to react as trained, and instead called SWAT, causing a delay in response by law enforcement.

The indictment also alleges that they chose to negotiate with the gunman rather than engage him; failed to provide keys and weapons in a timely manner; failed to ascertain whether the classroom door was locked; failed to follow the school district’s active shooter policy; and failed to develop an immediate action plan.

PHOTO: In this September 6, 2022 file photo, a memorial is shown outside Robb Elementary School to commemorate the 21 lives taken by a gunman in Uvalde, Texas.

In this September 6, 2022 file photo, a memorial is shown outside Robb Elementary School to commemorate the 21 lives taken by a gunman in Uvalde, Texas.

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In a recorded interview with investigators the day after the shooting, Arredondo said he did not view himself as an “incident commander,” contrary to the active shooter plan he had created. He was later fired for his actions during the shooting.

Nineteen students and two teachers were killed in the massacre at Robb Elementary on May 24, 2022.

“The fact that these two people are being held accountable doesn’t change anything for me; it won’t bring her back,” Ana Rodriguez, the mother of 10-year-old victim Maite Rodriguez, told ABC News on Thursday.

Rodriguez said prosecutions are not the equivalent of “perfect justice,” adding, “Not everyone who should be held accountable will be held accountable.”

“This is something special,” Javier Cazares, the father of 9-year-old victim Jackie Cazares, said of the charges.

“They’re finally going to bring someone to justice,” he said, adding, “We believe more people should face charges.”

Photo: Felicia Martinez (left) and Evadulia Orta (right), whose children were among the 19 killed in the massacre at Robb Elementary, hug after speaking at a special city council meeting on March 7, 2024 in Uvalde, Texas.

Felicia Martinez (left) and Evadulia Orta (right), whose children were among the 19 killed in the massacre at Robb Elementary, hug after speaking at a special city council meeting on March 7, 2024 in Uvalde, Texas.

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The Justice Department released a scathing report earlier this year that found “serious shortcomings” before, during and after the shooting, and widespread departures from established active-shooter protocols.

Uvalde District Attorney Christina Mitchell launched a criminal investigation into law enforcement failures shortly after the shooting and convened a grand jury in January to review evidence against hundreds of officers.

Mitchell initially said in May 2023 that he was “optimistic” that the inquiry would be completed within the one-year period, but added that it was “not surprising” that it was still ongoing “given the importance of this inquiry”.

Anne Marie Espinoza, communications and marketing director for the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District, released a statement Thursday saying, “As we have done and continue to do, we offer our heartfelt condolences to all who have lost their loved ones.”

“Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this challenging situation,” Espinoza said.

ABC News’s Ismael Estrada, Jenny Wagnon Courts, Josh Margolin, Emily Shapiro and Mireya Villarreal contributed to this report.

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