Ovaldi mayor accuses Texas law enforcement chief of lying, leaking or misleading to avoid blame in shooting investigation

“Colonel Macro, whether you call it a lie, leak, misrepresentation, or misrepresentation, continued information in order to keep his forces and guards from responding. At each briefing, he ignores how many of his officers and guards were at the scene that day,” McLaughlin Tell residents at a city council meeting Tuesday.
The mayor’s criticism came just hours after McCraw’s move Testified before the Texas Senate Committee That law enforcement’s response was “a fiasco” and a violation of common protocol to stop the shooter ASAP.

“Colonel Macro has an agenda and is not giving a full account of what happened and giving realistic answers about what happened to this community,” McLaughlin said.

The DPS director accused Uvalde School District Police Chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo, whom McCroe and others identified as the commander at the site, of ordering police to wait in a nearby hallway to obtain unnecessary equipment and keys for a door that had not even been locked.

“Three minutes after the person entered the western building, there were enough armed officers in body armor to isolate, distract and neutralize the subject,” McCro said. “The only thing that prevented the dedicated officers’ porch from entering rooms 111 and 112 was the commander on the post, who decided to put the officers’ lives over the lives of children.”

A senior Texas official has shared new details about how the police responded to the Ovaldi massacre.  This is the latest minute by minute schedule
pointing fingers Adds more tension to a tragedy that has become a case study in bad police and bad communication. It’s been nearly a month since an 18-year-old gunman was killed 19 children and two teachers At school. He remained inside the classrooms from 11:33 a.m. until 12:50 p.m. — when police finally broke through the door and killed him, according to a DPS schedule.

However, authorities repeatedly changed their version of the basic facts about what happened inside the rooms and what the police did in response during those 77 minutes.

McLaughlin said repeated misrepresentations and shifting blame from Texas authorities were dividing society and frustrating grieving families

“What matters to Ovaldi is that these heartbroken families and this grieving community will get a full investigation and an accurate account of what happened that day,” he said. “Little infighting, clickbait headlines, and politically motivated scapegoats don’t help anyone.”

CNN has reached out to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the attorney general’s office, the chair of the Texas House Investigative Committee, and the FBI’s San Antonio office for further comments.

The mayor says he is frustrated by the lack of transparency

At a city council meeting, McLaughlin noted that officers from at least eight law enforcement agencies were in the hallway outside of classrooms on the day of the shooting. McLaughlin said he did not wish to pursue an elected position again and was “not covering up for anyone,” saying all responding agencies should be held accountable.

He said that the leaking of certain bits of information over the past few weeks “continues to create havoc in our society and prevents the full truth from being revealed.”

He specifically targeted what he said was a false report The local police did not cooperate with the investigatorsand expressed frustration at being left in the dark.

“I’m totally frustrated – maybe not as frustrated as families who have lost loved ones – but what bothers me is that I can’t give you answers or I can’t get answers,” McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin said he was supposed to receive a daily briefing from the authorities from its inception, but no briefing was given.

“The gloves are off,” he said. “As we know, we’ll share them. We won’t back down anymore.”

McLaughlin previously criticized the lack of transparency on the part of investigators, saying at a city council meeting On June 7“We made some mistakes with DPS announcing some facts or different things, but it wasn’t the Rangers leading the investigation. I don’t blame anyone,” he said.
“One thing we were told one day, and the next the story changed. For a week you were told that a teacher had opened the door with a stone, and at the end of the week That story is gone too. Those are the pitfalls I’m talking about.”

The city council meeting also discussed Arredondo’s absence from the public eye.

Arredondo, the school’s chief of police elected to city council this year, testified behind closed doors to the Texas House of Representatives committee Tuesday, but did not speak publicly about his decision on the day of the shooting.

Council members They voted unanimously to deny it His leave of absence from upcoming meetings on Tuesday was met with applause from the audience.

DPS manager is planning to release bodycam video

Uvald Mayor Don McLaughlin, who was seen here at a city council meeting on June 7, said law enforcement agencies did not keep him and city officials informed.

Tuesday’s developments came after reports from CNN, the Texas Tribune and Austin American-Statesman reviewed some of the DPS timeline and revealed more flaws in the police response.

Details from the first moments of the massacre include this 11 officers were inside the building Within three minutes of the gunman opening fire. Reports revealed that rifles and ballistic armor were available soon after.
But 77 minutes passed from the time the gunman began shooting until the TRT entered the class and killed him, according to a timeline of events from the DPS. Authorities said they believed the classroom doors were locked and worked to locate the key, but no security footage of officers checking the doors was found. to me reports.
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Arredondo previously said Texas Tribune He did not consider himself the leader of the accident and He left his police radio And the campus radio is out of school because he thought her pregnancy would slow him down.

Citing a DPS assessment, Macro told the state Senate committee on Tuesday that Ovaldi School police officers’ radios would not have worked inside the school building due to poor signal. He said that Border Patrol agents had the only portable radios that could work, but that when the Border Patrol tried to correct its signals with local law enforcement, their radios didn’t work either.

McCraw said DPS planned to release body camera footage at some point.

“When the attorney general agrees, we will release all body cam coverage, and we will release all school videos and funeral videos,” he said.

Andy Rose, Rosa Flores, Christina Maxuris, Amanda Moses, Rosalina Nieves, Rebecca Reese and Steve Almassi contributed to this report.