Attorneys representing former Uvalde College Police Chief Pete Arredondo in a number of lawsuits over final 12 months’s Texas elementary college bloodbath will likely be paid by the Uvalde college district’s insurance coverage provider, the district confirmed Friday.
“We don’t write checks for his authorized charges, however our insurance coverage protection pays,” Interim Faculties Superintendent Gary Patterson instructed ABC Information.
Patterson stated he couldn’t say what the costs have been thus far.
Mandy Gutierrez, who was the principal when a gunman stormed Robb Elementary College on Might 24, 2022, was additionally awarded cash for authorized charges by the insurance coverage firm, Patterson stated. Like Arredondo, Gutierrez is the defendant in a sequence of lawsuits stemming from the killing spree. Nineteen college students and two of their academics had been killed within the capturing.
The funds had been first reported by the San Antonio Categorical-Information.
Arredondo was launched final August after investigators discovered he misled police in responding to the lively shooters scenario unfolding at Robb’s. He has provided various explanations of what occurred and stated he was being made a scapegoat. Arredondo’s habits that day is beneath investigation, and the native district lawyer plans to have a grand jury assessment the Might 24 occasions to find out if anybody might be criminally charged. The gunman was killed when police stormed the classroom the place he was hiding greater than an hour later.
Regardless of criticism of Arredondo, the superintendent stated the district’s insurance coverage provider had no selection however to pay the previous chief’s authorized charges.
“So far as I do know, he hasn’t been charged with any crime,” Patterson stated. “From an underwriting perspective, there was no motive to not give him protection.”
The claims awarded to Arredondo and Gutierrez won’t have an effect on the insurance coverage charges paid by the district, Patterson stated.
Neither Gutierrez nor Arredondo — nor their attorneys — responded to requests for remark from ABC Information.