This is incomprehensible to me that an an armed officer was on site AND DID NOTHING to stop the shooter. One would think this is more than an offense over which one ‘resigns.’ I still can’t wrap my head around this.
The police officer assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resigned Thursday, under investigation for failing to enter the building as a gunman opened fire and killed 17 people.
Sheriff Scott Israel said Deputy Scot Peterson should have “went in. Addressed the killer. Killed the killer.”
Video footage showed Peterson did none of that, Israel said.
“What I saw was a deputy arrive … take up a position and he never went in,” the sheriff said at a news conference.
Israel said Peterson resigned, and subsequently retired, after Israel suspended him without pay earlier in the day. An investigation into Peterson will continue, the sheriff said.
Peterson, 54, came under scrutiny after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz entered the school with an AR-15 rifle and killed 14 students and three educators on Valentine’s Day.
The sheriff said Peterson was outside the building for “upwards of four minutes” while the shooting was taking place. “There are no words. I mean these families lost their children. We lost coaches,” Israel said.
Peterson has been a school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas since 2009. He began working for the sheriff’s office in 1985 and his annual salary in 2016 was $75,673.72, according to sheriff’s office records.
The agency also announced that it was placing two officers on a restricted assignment during a separate investigation into how they handled earlier calls involving Cruz or his family members.