Breaking: ex-Parkland deputy arrested and charged after mass shooting

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FT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The ex-school resource officer assigned to protect the grounds of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School was formally arrested and charged with negligence over a year after the mass shooting.

Multiple reports have confirmed that ex-Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson was arrested and hit with criminal charges following his alleged failure to act in the 2018 tragedy.

Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement have now charged Peterson with seven counts of child neglect, three counts of culpable negligence, and one count of perjury after a 15-month investigation, the agency said.

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On February 14, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Tragically, 17 people were killed and 17 more were wounded. (Photo courtesy forulaone)

“The FDLE investigation shows former Deputy Peterson did absolutely nothing to mitigate the MSD shooting that killed 17 children, teachers and staff and injured 17 others,” FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen said in a news briefing. “There can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that his inaction cost lives.”

Peterson was investigated for his role, or lack thereof, in the events that transpired on February 14, 2018 in Parkland, Florida. Video footage obtained from the high school showed Peterson standing around with another faculty member as Nikolas Cruz ruthlessly marched through the halls of the building, taking the lives of anyone in his path.

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This frame from the school security video of Feb. 14, 2018 released by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office shows Deputy Scot Peterson, right, outside Majory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Fla. The video released March 15, shows Peterson going toward the high school building while a gunman massacred 17 students and staff members, but remained outside with his weapon drawn. (Broward County Sheriff’s Office)

 

Investigators said that Peterson “refused to investigate the source of the gunshots, retreated during the active shooting while victims were being shot and directed other law enforcement who arrived on scene to remain 500 feet away from the building.”

Over two dozen lawsuits have been filed against Peterson by the parents of Parkland students.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel was recently suspended by Governor Ron DeSantis following an investigation into the department’s ability to handle emergencies.

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Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School make their way to safety after a gunman murdered 17 students Feb. 14, 2018. (Screenshot Fox News broadcast)

 

Peterson was arrested at the Broward Sheriff’s Office headquarters and booked into the Broward jail. The Broward State Attorney’s Office, 17th Judicial Circuit will prosecute.

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Breaking: ex-Parkland deputy arrested and charged after mass shooting

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