Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin defends local police, says Lt. gov. Patrick that he was lied to is “not true”.

As criticism of the police response to last week’s Texas shooting deepens, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin now says local law enforcement has misled no one, and claims by Texas Lt. gov. Dan Patrick that he was lied to is “not true”.

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, which killed 19 children and two adults, a slew of Texas officials commended law enforcement’s response to the tragedy.

“They showed amazing courage in running for gunfire to try and save lives,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said at a news conference in Uvalde alongside Lt. gov. Patrick on Wednesday, about 24 hours after the shooting.

That praise was quickly recounted later in the week when more details about the police response emerged, including the fact that 19 officers were at the elementary school for about an hour before a Border Patrol team breached the classroom and killed the suspect.

Lt. gov. Patrick told Fox News on Saturday that law enforcement’s decision not to immediately confront the shooter was a “bad decision, and that decision cost lives.”

“No one mentioned the fact that the school district police chief held them down for 45 minutes to an hour while gunshots were still being fired,” Patrick said.

“I take this personally, and I know the governor takes it personally. And to me it’s 140 or 150 people that have been killed in Texas in the last six or seven years of collective anger because we weren’t told the truth.”

Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arredondo was the on-site incident commander who made the “wrong decision” not to immediately confront the suspect because he “believed he had gone from being an active shooter to a barricaded subject.” Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety Steven McCraw said.

Investigators search for evidence outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Investigators search for evidence outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
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Uvalde Mayor Dan McLaughlin said Monday that local law enforcement did not mislead Patrick or other officials.

“Local law enforcement have not made any public comments on the details of the investigation into the incident or [misled] anyone,” McLaughlin said in an emailed statement to Fox News Digital on Monday.

“Statements by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick that he was “not told the truth” is not true. All previous statements and comments regarding the ongoing investigation are being processed by DPS/Texas Rangers.”

Dan Patrick, Lt.  gov.  of Texas said police had a "bad decision" when they failed to enter the classroom at Robb Elementary School to stop the shooting.
Texas Deputy Governor Dan Patrick said police made a “bad decision” in not entering the Robb Elementary School classroom to stop the shooting.
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McLaughlin also appeared to stand by the school’s police chief, saying Arredondo, who was elected to the city council earlier this month, can still be sworn in when the ceremony takes place.

Patrick said on Monday that he was focused on supporting the mayor and community of Uvalde following the tragedy.

“My goal right now is to support Mayor McLaughlin and the citizens of Uvalde. The governor and I were both angry about the information Texas DPS originally received,” Patrick told Fox News Digital Monday night. “I think the mayor has done an excellent job at a very difficult time and my focus remains on the families.”

The Justice Department said Sunday it was conducting an independent investigation into the police response at the request of the mayor.

“The goal of the review is to provide an independent report on law enforcement’s actions and responses on the day, and to identify lessons learned and best practices to help first responders prepare for and respond to active shooter events,” das said DOJ in a statement.

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