Former CISD Police Chief Uvalde explains the decisions at Robb Elementary School in a newly released video

UWALDE, Texas – A recently obtained video shows Pete Arredondo’s account of the Robb Elementary School shooting, in his own words.

CNN obtained video from an interview with former CISD police chief Uwalde with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The video was recorded on May 25, 2022, the day after 19 students and two teachers were killed at the school.

Arredondo recounts the events of May 24 to investigators during a nearly hour-long interview.

This includes how decisions were made, such as waiting to infiltrate classrooms and confront the shooter.

“Once I realized what was going on, my first thought was that we needed to get free,” Arredondo said. “We keep him on hold – and I know it’s terrible, and I know that’s what our training tells us – but we keep him. There will surely be some dead, but we don’t need anything else from here.

Arredondo and several law enforcement officers waited in the hallway in front of classrooms 111 and 112 for 77 minutes. This decision ended up costing Arredondo his job.

Gloria Cazares, mother Jackie Cazares — the kid whose broadcast was filmed during the shooting at Robb’s elementary school — responded to the tweet, saying, “I promise I won’t stop fighting for you girl. I’m sorry, your mother wasn’t with you.”

You can watch the CNN report in the player above and Arredondo’s full interview below:

Find out more about Uvalde coverage from KSAT.com here.

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