Douglas school cop who ‘never went in’ during shooting has resigned

Miami Herald

One week after a mass shooter Nikolas Cruz murdered 17 people inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, Broward’s top cop on Thursday revealed a stunning series of failures by the sheriff’s department.

A school campus cop heard the gunfire, rushed to the building but never went inside – instead waiting outside for another four agonizing minutes as Cruz continued the slaughter.  

And long before Cruz embarked on the worst school shooting in Florida history, Broward Sheriff’s deputies had multiple warnings that the 19-year-old had a fixation on weaponry and hate symbols and was a potential school shooter, according to records released Thursday .

In November, a tipster called BSO to say Cruz “could be a school shooter in the making” but deputies did not write up a report on it. That came just weeks after a relative called asking BSO to seize his weapons. Two years ago, according to a timeline of interactions with Cruz’s family, a deputy investigated a report that Cruz “planned to shoot up the school” – intelligence forwarded to the campus deputy, with no apparent result.

The admissions, made by Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, added to the growing list of missed signs in the years before Cruz went on a rampage that horrified the country and re-ignited the debate on gun control. The FBI has already admitted that in January it failed to follow up on a tip that Cruz was a threat.

On Thursday, Israel focused much of his press conference on the school resource officer stationed at the campus, Scot Peterson, who chose to resign after he was suspended without pay. Peterson’s decision was made after investigators reviewed surveillance footage of the Parkland shooting.

“I am devastated,” Israel said. “Sick to my stomach. He never went in.”

According to Israel, Peterson remained outside Building 12 for about four minutes. The shooting lasted about six minutes, he said. When the shooting began the deputy was inside the school handling a matter with a female student.

A review of surveillance video showed that the deputy was in position and armed but never entered the building. He remained stationed outside the building while the shooting went on.

Israel said Peterson should have “Went in. Addressed the killer. Killed the killer.”

He said the video was part of the investigation and Israel said it may never be released.

On Feb. 14, deputies say Cruz, 19 walked into his former school and opened fire with an AR-15 killing 14 students and three teachers.

16 thoughts on “Douglas school cop who ‘never went in’ during shooting has resigned

  1. See the script unfolding here? All of the “missed warning signs”, including relatives who asked the sheriff to seize his weapons?

    When the next chapter begins it will be legal for them to confiscate weapons based on a complaint, or “warning sign” from a relative, or possibly anyone.

    I think they already passed this in Oregon, which may have been a test to gauge reaction. Now it’s going to go nationwide, and they’ll start confiscating guns from patriots, based on “too many guns”, or “hate symbols”, or whatever, and there won’t be much public outcry against it. (because it will all be perfectly legal, of course)

    1. Or… they may also be working toward lowering the requirements for involuntary commitment in a mental institution. (or both)

      1. Stash your weapons in areas you can get to easily WTSHTF seal them in cosmoline. Stash your to go kits as well, have your packs handy, but have stashes around your area of operation as well.

        These assholes want you naked in the cold, don’t let them do it. Double seal everything. Especially your ammo, weapons, food everything.

        When they bust your door down, play stupid. They’re going to hit hard, especially members of sites such as this, they have you in their sights, believe me.

          1. Or take as many with you that you can……enough get taken out…..they may rethink thing….there’s more of us than them….they’ll soon run out of good little thugs.

        1. If they bust down your door and you’ve hidden all your weapons, they’re still probably going to shoot you or beat you senseless and then drag you off to jail, regardless of what you tell them about your gun ownership status.

          Once they get you surrounded in your home, it’s too late. Nearly all homes are indefensible against a firebombing, gas attack, etc. Once trapped like that, the best you can do is take a few down with you. So it’s far better to bug out ahead of time, if possible.

          Still, caches can be valuable in case you might need to bug out (especially on foot) without being observed carrying weapons and equipment. Upon reaching your cache, you can take the time to plan the next step under less pressure, and while more mobile.

    2. You hit the nail on the head here jolly, I’m actually trying to tell people this as well. People get hung up on bans and confiscation. I tell people all the time, there are many backdoor measures they use to accomplish it and create the state they want. People must be informed.

  2. Yeah, the sentiment has to absolutely be what I heard awhile back….

    “If it’s Time to Bury your guns, then It’s Actually Time to Dig them Up”


  3. This shooting event is getting OLD already.

    Bottom line is we know your agenda and know you’ll do what ever is necessary to try and pull it off, hoping we’ll cower in fear and throw our weapons at your feet. Not going to happen!

    We also know from history that you’ll try and call insane those that know how criminal enterprises operate, such as yourself. We’d be insane NOT to know you all are a bunch of criminals. 21 Trillion missing?

  4. “I am devastated,” Israel said. “Sick to my stomach. He never went in.”

    Sick to my stomach too, PIG.

    You’re a PITIFUL excuse for a crisis actor.

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