Arredondo, who has been on administrative leave from his position with the school district since June 22, has repeatedly declined 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 City Council voted unanimously to deny Arredondo a leave of absence to appear at public meetings. Relatives of the shooting victims had pleaded with city leaders to fire him.
The Uvalde City Council issued a statement Saturday saying members could not comment because they had not received official notice from Arredondo of his intention to resign.
“While it is the right thing to do, no one from the City has seen a letter or any other documentation of his resignation, or spoken to him,” the council members said. “When the City receives confirmation of Councilmember Arredondo’s resignation, the City will address the Council seat vacancy.”
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 state Senate hearing last month that Arredondo, the on-scene commander, made “terrible decisions” as the massacre unfolded on May 24, and that the police response was an “abject failure”.
Three minutes after 18-year-old Salvador Ramos entered the school, there were enough armed law enforcement officers on the scene to apprehend the attacker, McCraw testified. However, police officers armed with rifles waited in a hallway at the school for more than an hour as the gunman carried out the massacre. The classroom door was not lockable from the inside, but there is no indication that officers tried to open the door while the shooter was inside, McCraw said.
McCraw has said parents begged police outside the school to move out and students inside the classroom repeatedly pleaded with 911 operators for help as more than a dozen officers waited in a hallway. Officers from other agencies urged Arredondo to let them move out because the children were in danger.
“The only thing that stopped a hallway of dedicated officers from entering rooms 111 and 112 was the commander on scene who decided to put the lives of the officers before the lives of the children,” McCraw said.
Arredondo has tried to defend his actions, telling the Texas Tribune that he did not consider himself the commander in charge of the operations and that he assumed someone else had taken control of the police response. He said he didn’t have the police and campus radios, but he used his cell phone to ask for tactical gear, a sniper and the keys to the classroom.
It is still unclear why the police took so long to enter the classroom, how they communicated with each other during the attack, and what their body cameras show.
Officials have declined to reveal any further details, citing the investigation.
Arredondo, 50, grew up in Uvalde and has spent much of his nearly 30-year career in law enforcement in the city.