Armed sheriff's deputy stayed outside Florida school while massacre took place

15-year-old shot 5 times protecting classmates from gunfire

One week after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has ordered all deputies in schools to carry rifles on school grounds.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced the resignation of Deputy Scot Peterson at a press conference Thursday evening.

According to Israel, action was taken against Peterson following interviews with witnesses and reviewing video of the shootings.

Israel said the video shows Peterson arriving at the west side of Building 12 and taking up a position, but he didn't go inside.

Fourteen students and three adults were killed when a former student opened fire with an AR-15 last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The sheriff told reporters he's "devastated".

Two other deputies are also under investigation after a review of prior law enforcement calls involving accused gunman Nikolas Cruz spurred questions on whether the deputies followed the department's policies.

"He should have went in", the sheriff' said.

Israel said Peterson resigned, and subsequently retired, after Israel suspended him without pay earlier in the day.

The rewound footage did not put any lives in danger, Pustizzi said, but it "did cause some confusion" when officers entered the school. The shooting lasted about six minutes, Israel said. "Susan is Christian. Like most families with parents of different faiths, we raised our children with extensive exposure to both our faiths". He positioned himself outside the building but never went in, Israel said.

Israel claimed that Peterson "clearly" knew there was a shooting, and was seen doing "nothing" on video.

Jailed and charged with murder, Cruz likely faces the death penalty if convicted.

Broward Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie confirmed Wednesday that he agreed with the proposal to have deputies wield rifles at schools.

The sheriff would not take questions on the announcement, leaving many details unclear. "We lost coaches", Israel said.

People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school, February 14, 2018, in Parkland, Fla.

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