Update: Broward Sheriff Scott Israel revealed during a press conference today that school resource officer Scot Peterson was present and armed during the murder of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
However Deputy Peterson chose to not enter the building where the shooting was taking place, even though he arrived at the building in time to save lives.
“What I saw was a deputy arrive at the west side of building 12, take up a position, but he never went in,” Sheriff Israel said. “I was sick to my stomach, there are no words,” he continued.
Two other deputies have been put on restricted duty while an internal investigation takes place.
By Stephen Hobbs and Scott Travis
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The police officer assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has resigned after a shooting rampage that left 17 people dead.
Scot Peterson, a deputy for the Broward Sheriff’s Office, came under scrutiny after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz entered the school with an AR-15 rifle and killed 14 students and three educators.
Peterson, 54, has been a school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas since 2009. He began working for the sheriff’s office in 1985. His annual salary in 2016 was $75,673.72, according to sheriff’s office records.
Officials, including Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, have been asked about where Peterson was at the time of the shooting.
“Deputy Peterson was on campus,” Israel said at a new conference Wednesday. “He was armed. And as our command staff moves forward on this investigation, the response and actions of Deputy Peterson will be looked at and scrutinized, as will everyone’s.”
Asked whether Peterson fired his gun, Israel said, “He did not.”
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