The surveillance video shows Scot Peterson, whom President Donald Trump dubbed a "coward" in the attack's aftermath, arriving at Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School but standing outside rather than entering.
But internal radio dispatches released by the Broward Sheriff's Office Thursday show Peterson immediately fixated on Building 12 and even radioed that gunfire was happening "inside". They jump into a golf cart which then speeds away. Another angle shows the golf cart moving down a corridor before the shot switches again.
After Peterson took up his position, Cruz remained inside the 1200 building for an additional three minutes or more before getting rid of his gun and fleeing, the Sheriff's Office said. Students, whose images are pixelated, walk into the frame and then out of it.
While outside, Peterson provided frequent updates on police radio, according to a timeline provided by the sheriff's office, including directing other officers to the building on the large campus and asking for nearby streets to be shut down. He said the question is why he didn't: was it because of Peterson's individual character or something about the culture in the Broward Sheriff's Office that made him avoid a deadly force situation?
The video released Thursday shows Peterson going toward the high school building while a gunman massacred 17 students and staff members, but stayed outside with his handgun drawn.
"Do not approach the 12 or 1300 building, stay at least 500 feet away", a panicked Peterson shouted as people screamed in the background.
Deputy officer Scot Peterson was suspended after the department reviewed the footage, and prior to the public announcement of his failure to engage the shooter, resigned.
"The video speaks for itself".
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel speaks before the start of a CNN town hall meeting in Sunrise, Florida, Feb. 21, 2018.
In a statement via his attorney after the shooting, Peterson had said he wasn't sure where the shots were coming from.
"Be advised we have possible, could be firecrackers, I think we have shots fired, possible shots fired", Peterson told dispatchers.
They also were operating on delayed information. He said it confirms that Peterson should have entered the building: that is an almost-universal response in police training after the 1999 Columbine High and 2012 Sandy Hook school shootings.
In the past week, the Broward Sheriff's Office and Coral Springs police released calls illustrating the fear and panic of students and parents on February 14.
It begins shortly after gunfire erupted, with Peterson and civilian security monitor Kelvin Greenleaf walking with objective outside an administration building, clearly alarmed by sounds.
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