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Deputy assigned to Florida school ‘never went in’ during shooting, sheriff says

The school resource deputy who had been on patrol in Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14 resigned Thursday after video surveillance showed he never entered the faculty, although he “clearly” knew there was a shooting happening, officials said.

Deputy Scott Peterson, of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, was stationed on the faculty’when fire opened with an AR-15 gun, leaving injured s campus.


Sheriff Scott Israel during a press conference Thursday said video showed Peterson coming at the building’s west side where the shooting took place. Peterson, Israel stated, took up a position but “never travelled in.”

Officials said Thursday that the resource deputy assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, never entered the building during Feb. 14’s mass shooting.     (REUTERS/Thom Baur)

Peterson was armed and in uniform during the shooting, but not entered the building despite “clearly” understanding a shooting was happening, Israel stated.

The sheriff said he considers Peterson remained out of the building for about four minutes, while the shooting in complete lasted around six minutes. Israel said the officer never fired his weapon.

The sheriff told reporters he is “devastated. Sick to my stomach. There aren’t any words.”

When asked about what law enforcement agencies entered the building, and in what time, Israel stated that it “doesn’t matter who went first” or even “what sequence you travelled in.”

“What matters is that when we, in law enforcement, arrive in an active shot, we go in and tackle the goal,” the sheriff said. “And that’s what should’ve ever been done”

Peterson, according to Israel, should have “moved in. Address the killer. Kill the killer”


The officer resigned and retired, although the sheriff stated that Peterson was suspended by him without pay pending an investigation.

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