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Uvalde shooting: School Police Chief Pete Arredondo resigns from city council, ABC News confirms

UVALDE, Texas — Pete Arredondo, the police chief of the Uvalde School District, resigned from his seat on the City Council just weeks after being sworn in amid allegations that he erred in his response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School. 19 students and two teachers dead.

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The Uvalde city manager’s office tells ABC News that “the city council has just received Pete Arredondo’s written resignation.”

READ THE ENTIRE RESIGNATION LETTER HERE

“After much consideration, it is in the best interest of the community that he resign as City Council member for District 3 to minimize further distractions,” Arredondo said in part in his resignation letter.

The letter was dated July 1.

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He had been elected to the board just weeks before the May 24 school shooting. He was sworn to secrecy and has not attended any of the council meetings since.

Arredondo, who was on administrative leave from his school district position effective June 22, has declined repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press. His attorney, George Hyde, did not immediately respond to emailed requests for comment Saturday.

On June 21, the The City Council voted unanimously to deny Arredondo a leave of absence from appearing at public meetings. Relatives of the shooting victims had he pleaded with city leaders to fire him.

SEE ALSO: Uvalde School District Places Superintendent Pete Arredondo on Leave Amid Backlash Over Shooting Response

Representatives for Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin have not responded to AP requests for comment.

Col. Steven McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, told a Senate hearing last month that Arredondo — the commander on the scene — made “terrible decisions” as the massacre unfolded on May 24 and that the police response was a “colossal failure”.

Three minutes after 18-year-old Salvador Ramos entered the school, several armed law enforcement officers were on the scene to stop the gunman, McCraw testified. However, police armed with rifles stood and waited in the school hallway for more than an hour while the gunman carried out the massacre. The classroom door could not be locked from the inside, but there is no indication officers tried to open the door while the gunman was insideMcCraw said.

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McCraw said parents begged police outside the school to come in, and students inside the classroom repeatedly called 911 operators for help while more than a dozen officers waited in a hallway. Officers from other agencies urged Arredondo to let them move because children were at risk.

“The only thing that stopped a corridor of dedicated officers from entering rooms 111 and 112 was the on-scene commander who decided to put the lives of the officers before the lives of the children,” McCraw said.

Arredondo tried to defend his actions, telling the Texas Tribune that he did not consider himself the head of operations and that he assumed someone else had taken control of the law enforcement response. He said he didn’t have the police and campus radios, but used his cell phone to request tactical gear, a sniper and classroom keys.

It is still unclear why it took so long for police to enter the classroom, how they communicated with each other during the attack and what their body cameras show.

RELATED: Uvalde school shooting timeline: How the deadly school shooting unfolded

Officials declined to provide further details, citing the investigation.

Arredondo, 50, grew up in Uvalde and has spent much of his nearly 30-year law enforcement career in the city.

ABC News contributed to this report.

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