Your daily dose of Austin
Smartphone image
Make your inbox more Austin.
Local news and fun, every day 6am.
Former APD detective selected to carry out internal investigation on Uvalde Police
(Uvalde ISD)
(Uvalde ISD)

Former Austin Police Department detective Jesse Prado has been selected to conduct an internal investigation of the Uvalde Police Department’s actions during the Robb Elementary School shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers.

The move was announced by Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin in response to a report on law enforcement’s delay in confronting the gunman. The report, shared by the Texas House Investigative Committee, found “systemic failures and egregious poor decision making.”

“At Robb Elementary, law enforcement responders failed to adhere to their active shooter training, and they failed to prioritize saving the lives of innocent victims over their own safety,” the report said.

After its release on Sunday, McLaughlin said “we agree with the committee’s review of the incident.” He added that there was “failure of command.” 376 law enforcement officers were at the school.

“However, we have further questions as to who was responsible for taking command as each agency there had senior level commanders on site.”

Before he retired in 2013, Prado was a detective with APD’s Organized Crime Unit. The investigation will involve a review of Lt. Mariano Pargas, the acting chief of the city’s police department on May 24, the day of the shooting.

On Sunday, McLaughlin also announced that Pargas has been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is concluded.

In a press release, McLaughlin said the leave is to investigate whether Pargas was responsible for taking command, what specific actions he took to establish that command and “whether it was even feasible given all the agencies involved and other possible policy violations.”

It’s unclear whether Pargas will be on paid leave, as McLaughlin said he didn’t have that information and it was a decision made by the police chief and city manager.

The city is also releasing body camera footage from the Uvalde police officers who responded to the shooting. McLaughin said the community “has waited entirely too long for answers and transparency.”


5 days, 13 hours and 10 minutes: Austinites break world record for fastest visit to all 50 states

From left to right, Peter McConville, Abdullahi Salah and Pasha Krechetov. (Thepetermc/Instagram)

After more than 7,200 miles, 120 hours in the car and spending $12,000 on food, gas and airfare, Austinite Peter McConville now holds the world record for fastest visit to all 50 states.

Keep ReadingShow less
Meet Moxi: A robot built by Austinites trying to help around the hospital

(Diligent Robotics)

Robots aren’t just delivering food or driving themselves. At Austin-based startup Diligent Robotics, robots can also assist with health care.

Keep ReadingShow less