A newly revealed video showed the former Parkland deputy crouched in front of the door while the armed teenager shot dead at 17 in the mass shooting earlier this year.
Scot Peterson, the school resource officer for Broward County who was responsible for protecting students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, has been summoned to appear before a state commission investigating the massacre next month for not acting during the attack.
This week, the Public Safety Commission of Douglas Marjory Stoneman High School reproduced a video for the families of the victims of the shooting, which showed Peterson, the only armed person on campus, waiting outside the door of the first-year building .
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A newly revealed video has shown former Parkland school deputy Scot Peterson huddled outside the door while the teenage gunman had been gunned down in the mass shooting earlier this year.
Peterson (right), the school resource officer of Broward County who was responsible for protecting students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Inside, gunman Nikolas Cruz was heard firing at the defenseless students. The gunman stopped to reload five times during the attack, which, according to commission members, could have given Peterson the chance to stop him and save lives.
"Unlike entering, he retired and fled," Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told the Tampa Bay Times. "We will see him leave the door, after saying that there were shots and he heard shots."
"All this time, look at the video, look where Peterson is, he's standing outside the building, hiding in the corner.
The video showed that Peterson remained outside and even advised other officers to walk away from the building and block the surrounding roads in what is "totally contrary to any law enforcement policy," Gualtieri said.
This week, the Public Safety Commission of Douglas Marjory Stoneman High School reproduced a video for the families of the victims of the shooting, which showed Peterson, the only armed person on campus, waiting outside the door of the first-year building
The video also included a graphic showing Cruz's movement through the school building covered with the 19-year-old confession
At one point, when the shots sounded closer, he retreated to a safe distance from the school.
Finally, 11 minutes after the first shots, a police officer entered the building but Peterson never entered. He retired immediately after the shooting and was allowed to keep his full pension.
The family of the victims was upset by the video, and some burst into tears as they watched the assistant principal of the school outside while their children were killed.
Max Schachter, father of Alex, 14 years old, brands Peterson and the other two agents in the scene of "cowards" for not having been able to face the shooter.
The video also included a graphic showing Cruz's movement through the school building covered with the 19-year-old confession.
The 17 students and professors who were killed were represented by green dots, which turned gray after his death.
The commission also heard that Peterson waited before reporting the shooting and it may have cost lives & # 39; because he did not notify the & # 39; Agents – When you first became aware of the problem & # 39;
Schachter says he needs answers about why Peterson let his son die.
"Do not tell me you loved these children," he added. "If they were his children, he would have entered, he would have saved them." He allowed our children to be killed.
The students were evacuated by the police from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, after the shooting on Valentine's Day. Police believe it could have been faster if Peterson had intervened
A total of 17 people were killed and dozens more were injured in the mass shooting
"It was in the front of that building and it did not come in," he told the Sun Sentinel. He could have done something. Why did he leave and hide?
& # 39; Hope you rot in hell. & # 39;
Peterson's attorney did not respond to Sun Sentinel's request to comment.
But Gualtieri is hopeful that Peterson will comply with the summons and testify next month, particularly after he has given interviews and appeared on television shows to talk about the shooting.
Peterson had claimed that initially he believed that the shots were just children playing with firecrackers, he told The Washington Post.
Peterson admitted that when he approached the building where Cruz was, he immediately realized that it was not firecrackers, but gunshots. But he still maintained that despite not entering the building, he did everything he could at that moment.
& # 39; How can you keep saying I did not do anything? I'm getting on the radio to call the shooting, "says Peterson.
& # 39; I'm blocking school. I'm cleaning children from the yard. They have the video and the call records. The evidence is sitting there.
Peterson (pictured) is expected to speak to the commission next month, but if he refuses, Gualtieri says the commission could take him to trial for contempt
& # 39; I'm human … in the perfect world, oh, I would have said: & # 39; Oh, yes, I know there was a shooter there. Let me go to the third floor. Find this person & # 39; "says Peterson.
"You know … in that moment if I had known, I mean, knowing what I know today, I would have been in that building in the blink of an eye, I mean, like I said, it was my children … I did not You know … I destroy my brain. I go, "Why?" & # 39;
By the time the first victim of a gunshot was discovered, six minutes after that report of firecrackers, the massacre was over.
Peterson tells the Post that when he saw his girlfriend, Lynda Rodriguez, that day he said: "I could not find it, it was my job, and I did not find it."
However, he did not even enter the building to try to locate Cruz, saying that he had been trying to find the gunman for most of the massacre and that he was not near Cruz's location until the end of his deadly attack.
"I was trying to solve it," explains Peterson.
"I was looking for the shooter, looking out the windows, the sidewalk, the roof, I thought maybe I was a sniper like in Las Vegas, I just did not know.
Nikolas Cruz (pictured) opened fire on Valentine's Day this year, killing 17 students and staff and wounding several more
He was out of the building for almost a minute.
Peterson says he heard only 2 or 3 rounds of gunfire, even though Cruz had fired 150 reported rounds.
"They keep saying I did nothing, a coward," Peterson said, referring to his national condemnation, which included a statement from the president.
I just did not know. Why did not he know how to get in?
Peterson is expected to speak to the commission next month, but if he refuses, Gualtieri says the commission could take him to trial for contempt.
The county sheriff said they are still determining if Peterson could face criminal charges for professional negligence.
"That's part of what the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating," Gualtieri said.