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Former Broward County Officer Scot Peterson defends his actions during School shooting

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Former Broward County Officer Scot Peterson defends his actions during School shooting

After being publicly criticized by everyone from President Trump to millions of social media users, former Broward County Sheriff’s Officer Scot Peterson says he will be exonerated when the whole truth of his response during the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is revealed.

Sheriff Scott Israel announced on Feb. 22 that Peterson had chosen to resign and retire after he was placed on unpaid leave pending an investigation. Israel would describe Peterson’s actions as “sickening” when reporting that the school’s safety officer waited for about four minutes outside of Building 12 while the gunman was inside killing 17 individuals and injuring more than a dozen others.

Peterson’s lawyer, Joseph DiRuzzo III, said in a statement Monday that the sheriff’s words and actions have publicly “maligned” his client and triggered public outrage against him.

DiRuzzo said that his client wishes he could have prevented the loss of lives at the school where he was assigned.

“However, the allegations that Mr. Peterson was a coward and that his performance, under the circumstances, failed to meet the standards of police officers are patently untrue. Mr. Peterson is confident that his actions on that day were appropriate under the circumstances and that the video (together with the eye-witness testimony of those on the scene) will exonerate him of any sub-par performance,” the statement said.

DiRuzzo said that Peterson thought the gun shots he heard were coming from outside of the school, which is why he took up a position in that area.

According to his statement, here are some other factors Peterson says he did to help the hostile situation:

  • First Broward County Sheriff’s officer to report the gunfire
  • Provided keys for the SWAT team to enter building
  • Drew diagrams of the campus for law enforcement
  • Helped administrators access security videos

While there was no immediate word from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, they cited an ongoing internal investigation regarding Peterson’s performance.

Recent days have proven difficult for the department as Sheriff Israel has come under scrutiny for the handling of a lengthy history with the confessed gunman, Nikolas Cruz.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has called for a state investigation to evaluate the law enforcement agencies’ response to the deadly event.

Armed Officer Scot Peterson waited outside Parkland School during mass shooting

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

Law officials confirmed on Thursday that Florida shooting suspect, Nikolas Cruz, confessed to being the shooter at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The event on Wednesday left at least 17 dead and more than a dozen injured.

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.”

Broward County Sheriff says schools will be “fortified” by rifle-carrying deputies

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has decided he will place rifle-carrying deputies in every Broward county school beginning Thursday. Some officers will be carrying AR-15’s, the same type of weapon used in the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida just one week ago.

Israel says the weapon-packing deputies will not be carrying fully automatic-style rifles, but rather single-shot guns which he claims are intended to “fortify” the schools now viewed as soft targets.

Sheriff Israel announced at a late Wednesday afternoon news conference, “This morning, I implemented a practice within the Broward Sheriff’s Office and spoke to Mr. Runcie and he’s fully cooperative of my decision, that our deputies who are qualified and trained will be carrying rifles on school grounds from this point forward,”

When asked about the safety of the guns on campus and where they would be stored when necessary, the sheriff responded, “The only place, people are asking me, where they will not carry their rifle, until we look for gun locks and gun lockers, they only place where they’re not slinging their rifles, they will be allowed to be stored is locked in their police vehicle. So it will be done safely. Only deputies who are trained and qualified will carry those rifles. But we need to defeat any threat that comes onto campus.”

Israel addressed the question about Marjory Stoneman Douglas’ School Resource Deputy on the day of the shooting. “Deputy Peterson was on campus. As you all know, he’s the School Resource Deputy. He was armed. As our command staff moves forward in this investigation the response and actions of Deputy Peterson will be looked at and scrutinized as will everyone.”

During the news conference, the Broward County Sheriff spoke of armed deputies giving the schools a chance to “fight back” against attackers.

He later added, “We also need to talk about sensible gun control.”

Parkland School Shooting Timeline: Suspect arrived via Uber, went to Walmart, Subway, McDonald’s

In the latest verified updates on the Parkland school shooting regarding confessed gunman, Nikolas Cruz, here’s what we know so far:

  • Officials have interviewed more than 2,000 individuals
  • At approximately 2:19 p.m. on Wednesday, the suspect arrived outside of the school via Uber
  • The suspect pulled his rifle out of the case as he entered the east stairwell of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
  • By 2:21 p.m., he began shooting into classrooms
  • He moved to the second floor, shot one victim in a classroom at 2:34 p.m.
  • The suspect then dropped his gun and backpack and ran downstairs
  • He attempted to blend in with the other students. crossed fields, ran west along with others
  • The suspect walked to Walmart, purchased a drink at Subway, exited Walmart on foot
  • He is seen on surveillance sitting at McDonald’s at 3:01 p.m.
  • At 3:41 p.m. the suspect was detained by officers in Coral Springs
The following is our story from February 15, 2018:

Parkland School Shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz makes confession according to Broward County documents

Law officials confirmed on Thursday that Florida shooting suspect, Nikolas Cruz, confessed to being the shooter at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The event on Wednesday left at least 17 dead and more than a dozen injured.

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.”

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