The armed school resource officer who was at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 18-year old Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people last week, stood outside the building, didn’t intervene and now has resigned, according to Sheriff Scott Israel. “I am devastated. Sick to my stomach that he never went in,” Sheriff Israel said.
Sheriff Israel said that officer Peterson was the school resource officer at the High School, and was on site, armed and in uniform, when the shooting took place.
He also said video footage showed Peterson arriving at the building right after the shooting broke out, “and remained outside for about four minutes,” with the attack lasting six minutes.
Peterson was seen on video arriving at the west side of a building, but “he never went in,” Israel said.
Israel said Peterson should have gone in and “addressed the killer, killed the killer.”
Israel added that after seeing the video, hearing witness accounts and getting a statement from Peterson, he suspended the officer without pay pending an internal investigation. But Peterson then resigned, he said.
Sheriff Israel said Peterson didn’t give a reason as to why he didn’t go in the building, and it’s unclear if he’ll face charges.