Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced at a news conference Thursday that Scot Peterson, the armed and uniformed resource officer who was on duty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the mass shooting on February 14, resigned and retired after first being placed on unpaid leave.
Israel revealed that Peterson was being investigated once officials learned that he stood outside of the Parkland school for about four of the six minutes confessed shooter Nikolas Cruz was inside shooting and killing 17 people and injuring more than a dozen others.
Peterson was seen on video taking a defensive stand outside of Building 12 and doing absolutely nothing during the savage massacre of children and staff members.
When asked about what he thought Peterson should have done, Sheriff Israel said, “Went in, address the killer. Kill the killer.”
According to the sheriff, Peterson worked as a school safety officer since 2009. He tendered his resignation and retired on Thursday.
“Devastated, sick to my stomach, there are no words.” Israel said of how he felt after learning Peterson did not enter the building.
“I’ve been to the funerals…I’ve been to the vigils. It’s just, there are no words.”
Israel also disclosed that two other resource officers were placed on limited administrative leave, but he did not release their names.
In 2014, the Broward County Crime Commission named Scot Peterson as the School Resource Officer of the year for the Parkland district of the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
Below is our story from February 16:
Parkland School Shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz makes confession according to Broward County documents
Broward County court documents read, “In a post Miranda statement, Cruz stated that he was the gunman who entered the school campus armed with a AR-15 and began shooting students that he saw in the hallway and on the school grounds. Cruz stated that he bought additional loaded magazines to the school campus and kept them hidden in a backpack until he got on campus to begin his assault.”
Portions of the assailant’s plans were revealed in the documents as they continued by saying, “Cruz also admitted that as students began to flee the campus on foot he decided a plan to discard the AR15 and vest with the additional magazines so he could blend into the crowd.”