Police officer,Scot Peterson, 54, who was assigned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School resigned Thursday, under investigation for failing to enter the building as a gunman opened fire that 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 matters is that when we, in law enforcement, arrive at an active shooter, we go in and address the target,” the sheriff said. “And that’s what should’ve been done.”
On Friday morning, Trump threw shade at Peterson calling him a coward in a tweet:
“When it came time to get in there and do something, he didn’t have the courage, or something happened,” Trump said. “He certainly did a poor job. That’s the case where somebody was outside, they are trained, they didn’t react properly under pressure or they were a coward.”
Peterson, who had a more than three-decade career with the agency resigned Thursday after video surveillance showed he never entered the school, even though he “clearly” knew there was a shooting taking place, officials said.
Officer Tim Burton of the Coral Springs Police Department, who responded to the shooting, told the New York Times that Peterson “was seeking cover behind a concrete column leading to a stairwell.”
Stoneman Douglas student Brandon Huff, 18, said he had seen Peterson standing outside the building and talking on his radio during the shooting.
Huff said he first learned of the shooting in a text message from his girlfriend, who said she was hiding in a corner when shots rang out.“Two coaches went in and were shielding kids and throwing themselves in front of bullets and he did nothing.”
Cruz, 19, has been jailed on 17 counts of murder and police said he confessed to being the shooter. Defense attorneys, state records and people who knew him indicate Cruz displayed behavioral troubles for years.
Two other deputies from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office,Edward Eason and Guntis Treijis, have been placed on restrictive duty as officials investigate “whether or not they could have done more or should’ve done more,“reported WSVN.