The disgraced Florida sheriff’s deputy who failed to act during the horrific school shooting by saying he believed the shooter was outside actually radioed that gunfire was inside, proving that he lied in his initial report.
Scot Peterson, who resigned as school resource officer, also warned fellow cops to stay away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as Nikolas Cruz fled after allegedly killing 17 people.
“Do not approach the 12 or 1300 building, stay at least 500 feet away,” Peterson said over the radio, according to internal radio dispatches released Thursday.
Sheriff’s office protocol calls for deputies to engage an active shooter until the threat is eliminated.
The police talk and second-by-second timeline sheds new light on the Valentine’s Day massacre, appearing to back Sheriff Scott Israel’s contention that Scot Peterson should have entered the building.
They also appear to show that other deputies may have stayed outside the school due to Peterson’s direction. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is currently reviewing the police agency’s response.
Broward Sheriff’s Office police union head Jeff Bell welcomed the release of recordings from his agency and Coral Springs police.
“It certainly backs up that he never went into the school,” Bell said of Peterson. “At one point he says to keep back 500 feet. Why would he say that?”
“Be advised we have possible, could be firecrackers. I think we have shots fired, possible shots fired at the 1200 building,” Peterson radioed at 2:23 p.m.
The surveillance shows that Peterson arrived at the southeast corner of Building 12, where he appeared to remain until the shooting was over.
“We’re talking about the 1200 building, it’s going to be the building off Holmberg Road,” he said within seconds. “Get the school locked down, gentlemen.”
As the gunfire got worse, other officers arrived and radioed in. One thought he heard shots by the football field, something Peterson mentioned in a statement released by his attorney, arguing that Peterson believed shots were coming from outside the 1200 building, however, it seemed he failed to give the correct information.
“BSO trains its officers that in the event of outdoor gunfire one is to seek cover and assess the situation in order to communicate what one observes with other law enforcement,” Peterson added.
Peterson’s lawyer has not yet commented on the new revelations.
Scenes from the shooting.