Texas school shooting: Uvalde school district chief denies he’s not working with investigators

UVALDE, Texas — After reports that the Uvalde School District Chief wasn’t working with the Texas Department of Public Safety, the embattled officer denied the allegations, saying he has been in daily contact with the authorities.

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A DPS spokesperson told ABC News, “The Uvalde Police Department and Uvalde CISD Police have been cooperating with investigators. The chief of the Uvalde CISD Police provided an initial interview but has not responded to a request for a follow-up interview with the Texas Rangers that was made two days ago.”

A similar statement was also made to CBS News.

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Uvalde School District Chief Pete Arredondo told CNN on Wednesday that he had been contacting DPS every day but would not answer any other questions posed by CNN about what occurred at Robb Elementary last week.

Arredondo said he will not release any information about the incident while funerals are ongoing, CNN reported.

“We’re going to be respectful to the family,” Arredondo told CNN. “We’re going to do that eventually. Whenever this is done and the families quit grieving, then we’ll do that obviously.”

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Arredondo made only two brief press statements on the day of the school shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead.

DPS identified the chief as the person in charge of the shooting scene and who had decided not to breach the locked classroom, instead, waiting for reinforcement while, at the same time, children called 911 for help.

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In addition to his role as the district chief of police, Arredondo was sworn in as a member of the city council on Tuesday night in private after winning an election on May 7, CBS News reported.

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