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Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Thursday said he has suspended without pay the school resource officer who was at the Parkland school where 17 people were shot dead.
Israel said school resource officer Scott Peterson took a position but “never went in” as the onslaught occurred, citing security footage.
“In the case of Scott Peterson, our school resource deputy, I want to clarify any rumors conjecture or stories that may have been out there,” Israel said.
Israel said Peterson was “absolutely on campus,” adding that he was armed and in uniform during the shooting.
“After seeing video and witness statements, and Peterson’s own statement, I decided this morning… to suspend Scott Peterson without pay pending an internal investigation,” Israel said, adding Peterson chose to then resign and retire.
“Our main goal at this point, absent of helping these families heal and keeping our schools safe, is making sure this killer receives the justice he deserves,” Israel previously said.
Israel also addressed previous calls BSO received related to the gunman.
“In two of these cases, after being briefed by internal affairs, I’ve restricted two of our deputies to take statements and make a decision to see whether they should have and could have” done something to prevent the shooting, Israel added.
Israel’s announcement comes after 17 people, mostly teenagers, were shot dead at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
The accused gunman is Nikolas Cruz, a former student who had previously been reported over disturbing behavior particularly about weapons.
Israel on Wednesday announced that he directed a new policy that will arm Broward County deputies stationed at schools with a rifle.
Two other officers who previously interacted in one of the calls related to Cruz have been placed on restrictive duty.