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Friday, 16 March 2018

Parkland surveillance video shows officer standing outside school during shooting

NAPLES, Fla. — Surveillance footage released Thursday shows then-school resource deputy Scot Peterson standing outside of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building where students and faculty inside were being shot, then running out of view, not to be seen again on other school cameras. 

The 27-minute video was released after multiple media organizations, including the USA TODAY Network, petitioned for it to be made public. The footage shows Peterson’s movements during the Feb. 14 shooting from four camera angles.

In the days following the massacre, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Peterson should have gone into the building and “killed the killer.” 

Peterson retired from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office following the criticism.

Peterson's attorney, Joseph A. DiRuzzo III, previously said in a statement the deputy thought shots were coming from outside the school and followed protocol for such an incident. Peterson took a "tactical position" outside the building and initiated a Code Red lockdown, according to the attorney.

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