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Politics Reporter at the Texas Tribune Zach Despart said that residents of Uvalde want Police Chief Pete Arredondo to take even further action after resigning from Uvalde City Council on Friday, amid controversy.

Reported by Uvalde Leader-News, Arredondo stepped down from his position in a released letter addressed to the city.

“After much consideration, I regret to inform those who voted for me that I have decided to step down as a member of the city council for District 3,” wrote the police chief.

Arredondo continued, “The mayor, the city council, and the city staff must continue to move forward without distractions. I feel this is the best decision for Uvalde.”

“Together, we will keep Uvalde strong. Uvalde strong, Uvalde home,” he concluded.

Arredondo, the chief of the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District police department, was only elected to the District 3 city council position a few weeks prior to the shooting that took the lives of 19 children and two teachers on May 24th. He was officially sworn in just a week following the devastating events at Robb Elementary School.

According to Despart, many of the residents of Uvalde “had expressed disappointment in his conduct,” since the school shooting.

Many allegations have come forth since the events of that day, claiming Arredondo holds chief responsibility for the flawed law enforcement response to the active shooter. The director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Col. Steven McCraw, argued that the police chief made “terrible decisions,” leading to the police response being an “abject failure.”

Despart told CNN’s Phil Mattingly that many “expressed disappointment that the city has not been forthcoming and releasing records about what happened.”

The Texas Tribune reporter said that although many residents of Uvalde “were grateful that finally, Chief Arredondo stepped down from his position on the city council,” they want further action to be taken.

“Many of them also want him to step down from his actual full-time job which is the Police Chief of the school’s police department,” said Despart.

Arredondo has maintained that he was not the incident commander on May 24th and has attempted to defend his actions in an interview with the Texas Tribune. The police chief claims that he never ordered officers to stand down.

The police chief was placed on administrative leave on June 22nd and resigned just over a week later. A replacement for Arredondo will be chosen in a special election, according to the city charter.

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Arrests made in fatal shooting of off-duty rookie officer in Downey

Authorities announced on Wednesday that they have made multiple arrests connected to Monday’s fatal shooting of an off-duty Monterey Park police officer in Downey, according to Downey Police Capt. Scott Loughner.

Gardiel Solorio, 26, was killed in the parking lot of the Downey Landing shopping mall, according to the Downey Police Department.

Authorities are expected to hold a news conference at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Hall of Justice in downtown Los Angeles to release further information about the arrests, Loughner said.


Slain off-duty Monterey Park police officer is remembered as ‘tough as nails’

Gardiel Solorio, 26, is survived by parents, siblings and a fiancee.

Solorio was a fresh-faced rookie who joined the Monterey Park Police Department in July after graduating from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Academy. The young officer’s career came to an abrupt end when he was gunned down while in a parking lot outside of an LA Fitness gym in Downey on Monday afternoon.

First aid was administered, but Solorio was eventually pronounced dead at the scene, according to police.

Solorio was remembered by his colleagues and friends “tough as nails” and “destined for bigger things.”

According to a GoFundMe page organized by Solorio’s sister-in-law, Wanda Marie Lane Solorio, Gardiel Solorio was the youngest of 13 children and a first-generation college graduate who had just achieved his lifelong dream of becoming a police officer.

“He was and has always been a true American success story,” Wanda Marie Lane Solorio wrote.

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