Deputy Who Stayed Outside During Parkland School Shooting Arrested

The armed school resource officer who failed to confront the Parkland shooter at Stoneman Douglas has been arrested and faces criminal charges.

Former Broward County Sheriff's Deputy Scot Peterson — who was criticized for how he responded when a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — has been arrested and charged with 11 counts, including felony child neglect charges, authorities said.

Peterson retired after the February 2018 tragedy in Parkland that left 17 students dead, and is collecting a pension. He was fired Tuesday at a disciplinary hearing by new Sheriff Gregory Tony.

Peterson, who was a school resource officer, is now facing charges of child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury in connection with the deadly shooting, according to a release from the State Attorney's Office.

Days after the February 14 massacre, footage surfaced of Peterson taking position outside the 1200 building of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School instead of entering the building where a gunman was firing at students and staff.

Peterson was booked into Broward County Jail, the state's attorney said, and his bail will be set at $102,000.

 
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