Florida sheriff's office releases surveillance video from school shooting

Henrietta Strickland
March 17, 2018

A surveillance video released on Thursday shows a sheriff's deputy assigned to the Parkland, Florida high school staying outside while a former student fatally shot 17 people, according to the sheriff's office.

Citing "strong public interest", a Broward judge last week ordered public release of the four video clips from the surveillance system at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High. It was not immediately clear if the officer seen in the video is Peterson.

It shows him and a staff member rushing toward the building in a cart. 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.

Investigators say school surveillance video shows Peterson then took up a position near the freshman building - a spot he wouldn't leave until the shootings were over.

The angle of the remaining footage shows the two pull up to the southeast corner of Building 12 as what appears to be a group of students - the images are blurred under orders from the judge - appear to be moving about frantically on a lawn.

The sheriff's office said in a statement, "The video speaks for itself".

Sheriff Scott Israel blasted Peterson eight days after the shooting, saying the deputy should have entered the building immediately, "addressed the killer, killed the killer". The Broward Sheriff's Office active shooter policy calls for deputies to interrupt a shooting and search for victims when there's a ceasefire.

Pollack said he couldn't stomach watching the video, but he had some strong words for Peterson.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel speaks before the start of a CNN town hall meeting in Sunrise, Florida, Feb. 21, 2018.

Peterson was suspended and then resigned his post, and in a statement released by his lawyer said that he thought the gunfire originated from outside and reacted accordingly by waiting for the suspect there.

"Be advised we have possible, could be firecrackers, I think we have shots fired, possible shots fired", Peterson told dispatchers. Video of what happened inside the school was not released.

Cruz was arrested a few blocks away from the school.

Upon arriving at 1200 Building Mr. Peterson "heard gunshots but believed that those gunshots were originating from outside of any of the buildings on the school campus", he continued.

The materials also state that the first officers on the scene will "engage the suspect", the report said.

While Cruz sat in the courtroom, more details of the shooting emerged as the Coral Springs Police Department released recordings of 911 calls and police radio traffic.

But Judicial Watch released the Broward County Sheriff's Office's training and operation materials.

And first responders could be heard trying unsuccessfully to communicate among themselves due to equipment failures and other issues.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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