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Lt. Mariano Pargas, the acting chief of the Uvalde Police Department on the day of shooting, has been suspended. (From Facebook)

Lt. Mariano Pargas, the acting chief of the Uvalde Police Department on the day of the shooting, has been placed on “administrative leave,” according to a statement by Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin.

In the statement, McLaughlin said, “the City has placed Lt. Mariano Pargas on administrative leave. Lt. Pargas was the acting Chief of Police for the City of Uvalde the day of the shooting. The City has a responsibility to evaluate the response to the incident by the Uvalde Police Department, which includes Lt. Pargas’ role as the acting Chief,” the statement says. “This administrative leave is to investigate whether Lt. Pargas was responsible for taking command on May 24th, what specific actions Lt. Pargas took to establish that command, and whether it was even feasible given all the agencies involved and other possible policy violations.”

He is the latest official to be reprimanded in relation to law enforcement’s response to the school shooting. The Texas House investigative committee’s report described law enforcement response as “lackadaisical.”

In late June, Uvalde school district police chief Pedro “Pete” Arredondo was placed on leave.

“Because of the lack of clarity that remains and the unknown timing of when I will receive the results of the investigations, I have made the decision to place Chief Arredondo on administrative leave effective on this date,” Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent Hal Harrell said in a statement at the time.

CNN has reached out to Pargas for comment.

This post has been updated with a new statement from Mayor Don McLaughlin.

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