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Deputy on duty didn't go into building for 4 minutes as school shooting occurred

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Broward Sheriff Scott Israel makes a point to NRA Spokesperson Dana Loesch during a CNN town hall meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the BB&T Center, in Sunrise, Fla. Photo Credit: Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP Broward Sheriff Scott Israel makes a point to NRA Spokesperson Dana Loesch during a CNN town hall meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the BB&T Center, in Sunrise, Fla. Photo Credit: Michael Laughlin/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP

New information has come to light about the lack of action taken by a school resource deputy on duty as the school shooting occurred last Wednesday, February 14, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

In a press conference Thursday, Sheriff Scott Israel of Broward County said the deputy who was on duty at the time responded to the building where the shootings were taking place, but waited outside the building for about four minutes without ever going in.

That deputy, Scot Peterson, has now resigned after being suspended without pay.  Israel reviewed video of the moments before, during and after the attack.  He also interviewed Peterson and several witnesses.  Israel concluded Peterson did "nothing."

"[He should have] went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer," said Israel when asked what Peterson should have done.

Two other deputies, Edward Eason and Guntis Treijs, have been placed on restricted duty.  Sheriff Israel said the department is investigating how they handled tips about the shooter, Nikolas Cruz, that had been called in to the sheriff’s office over the past two years, warning that Cruz appeared intent on becoming a school shooter. 

17 students, teachers and coaches were killed in the mass shooting.  Cruz has been charged with their murders.
 

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