Florida shooting: Armed officer stayed outside while gunman killed 17 people


"The steps of the Florida State Capitol building were crowded with thousands of students, teachers, parents, and advocates on Wednesday as survivors of last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School led a rally to demand gun control reforms including a ban on military-style firearms", Common Dreams said on February 21.

Deputy Scott Peterson was armed and on campus as the violence unfolded, but he waited outside of the freshman building while 17 people were fatally shot in the rampage, Israel said at an evening news conference.

In a late afternoon press conference, Israel said Deputy Scot Peterson, 54, retired from the department after he was suspended without pay over his actions last week during a shooting that left 17 dead at the school in Broward's Parkland community.

Israel said that although deputies were allowed to carry the rifles inside the school premises, they would be locked in a patrol vehicle when not in use.

"I want to make it virtually impossible for anyone who is a danger to themselves or others to use a gun", Scott said.

"He didn't turn out to be too good, I'll tell you that".

Asked how he feels about such an accusation being leveled against his deputies - by other cops nonetheless - the sheriff did not say he was shaken by the thought. "It's just, ah, there are no words".

CNN's calls to Peterson on Thursday were not returned. "We will also provide sheriff's departments the authority to train additional school personnel or reserve law enforcement officers to protect students if requested by the local school board".

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The rifles will not be fully automatic and will only be handled by deputies who are "trained and qualified" to operate them, Israel said.

He said the Sheriff's Office plans to interview the Coral Springs officers who lodged the complaint.

"Two coaches went in and were shielding kids and throwing themselves in front of bullets, and he did nothing", Huff said. The first caller said they had third-hand information that Mr Cruz planned to shoot up the school.

The deputy found Mr Cruz a short time later at a nearby park.

Miranda Baltaxe, a student from H-B Woodlawn in Arlington, Va., said she cried when she read the texts sent by students during the Florida shooting. "Of course, we won't all agree on every issue, but I do believe this is a moment when our state can come together around a common-sense set of actions".

"If we are going to infringe on the Second Amendment, it has to be a policy that will work", Senator Rubio said in an interview Thursday with AP.

"This is an important time for us", he said.