Pete Arredondo, chief of police at the school in Uvalde, is on leave

The man responsible for the disastrous police response to the Texas school shooting was placed on administrative leave on Wednesday.

Pete Arredondo, chief of police for the Uvalde school district, will be on leave until several investigations into the shooting are completed, Uvalde CISD Superintendent Hal Harrell said in a press release.

Arredondo will be temporarily replaced by Mike Hernandez, said Harrell.

Shortly after the shooting, Arredondo was sworn in at the town hall of Uvalde. He tried to take a leave of absence from the board at a Tuesday night meeting, but other members rejected him.

The Texas Senate and the federal Justice Department are among agencies investigating the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School, where Salvador Ramos, 18, killed 19 children and two teachers.

Arredondo was the commander at the scene that day and told officers to wait outside two classrooms while Ramos massacred children. One of the officers under Arredondo’s command, Ruben Ruiz, tried to break in to save his wife, Eva Mireles, but was arrested and detained.

Texas State Police Leader Steve McCraw attacked Arredondo at a Texas Senate hearing on Tuesday.

“The only thing stopping a runner of dedicated officers from entering 111 and 112 was the on-site commander, who decided to put the lives of officers before the lives of children,” McCraw said. “The officers had weapons; the children did not. Officers wore bulletproof vests; the children did not. Officers had training; the guy had none.”

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