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Stoneman Douglas School Cop Who ‘Never Went In’ During Shooting Has Resigned

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel speaks before the start of a CNN town hall meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the BB&T Center, in Sunrise, Florida.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel speaks before the start of a CNN town hall meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at the BB&T Center, in Sunrise, Florida.

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel said Thursday the school resource officer stationed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas was suspended without pay after he learned the deputy never went into the building when the shooting began.

Scot Peterson chose to resign and retire Thursday morning Israel said.

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

In addition, the department released records that show that multiple agencies had warning signs that Nikolas Cruz was troubled.

Israel said two other deputies, Edward Eason and Guntis Treijs are also under investigation and have been put on “restrictive duty.”

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.

Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald

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