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Cop who stood outside as gunman killed 17 in school is arrested for neglect

Scot Peterson, arrest

Scot Peterson, 56, has been arrested for child neglect after he stayed outside the school as 17 people were killed by a gunman (Picture: Twitter/ Broward County Sheriffs Office)

A police deputy who stayed outside as a gunman opened fire inside a school has been charged with neglect.

Scot Peterson, a former Broward County Sheriffs deputy, was arrested Tuesday for his passive response to the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Doughlas High School in Parkland, Florida.

An investigation claimed that Peterson, 56, did not investigate the gunshots he heard from inside the school and retreated while students were under fire.

He also directed another officer to stay 500 feet away from the building, authorities said.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement commissioner, Rick Swearingen said: The FDLE investigation shows former Deputy Peterson did absolutely nothing to mitigate the MSD shooting that killed 17 children, teachers and staff and injured 17 others.

There can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that his inaction cost lives.



Peterson has been charged with seven counts of neglect of a child, three counts of culpable negligence, and on count of perjury.

He was booked at the Broward County Jail on a $102,000 bond.

Peterson and the other officer at the scene, Sergeant Brian Miller, were both fired after the February 14, 2018 mass shooting that killed 14 students and three staff members.

The alleged shooter, Nikolas Cruz, 20, is still awaiting trial, which is expected to take place in early 2020.

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