Former Broward County Deputy Scot Peterson arrested and charged over inaction during MSD mass shooting
Reported by Patricia Mucerino | Updated: 9:24 AM EDT Jun 5, 2019
The judge is also requiring Peterson’s lawyer to retrieve his passport from North Carolina.
Following an investigation by Florida Department of Law Enforcement, former Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson was arrested on Tuesday in Broward County.
Peterson is charged with seven counts of neglect of a child, three counts of culpable negligence and one count of perjury. The arrest comes after a 15-month investigation into the actions of law enforcement officials following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland.
“The FDLE investigation shows former Deputy Peterson did absolutely nothing to mitigate the MSD shooting that killed 17 children, teachers and staff and injured 17 others,” said FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen. “There can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that his inaction cost lives.”
“I was pleased the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in conjunction with the state attorney’s office conducted a thorough investigation that yielded the arrest of Scot Peterson.
All the facts related to Mr. Peterson’s failure to act during the MSD massacre clearly warranted both termination of employment and criminal charges. It’s never too late for accountability and justice,” Sheriff Gregory Tony said.
The case was investigated with the Broward State Attorney’s Office under the direction of Broward State Attorney Mike Satz. The case will be handled by Assistant State Attorney Tim Donnelly.
Peterson was the school resource officer at MSD High School during the mass shooting.
The investigation shows Peterson refused to investigate the source of the gunshots, retreated during the active shooting while victims were being shot and directed other officerst who arrived 9+to remain 500 feet away from the building.
During the investigation, FDLE agents interviewed 184 witnesses, reviewed countless hours of video surveillance and wrote 212 investigative reports totaling over 800 hours on the case to determine the actions of law enforcement officers as they responded to the Feb. 14, 2018, school shooting. FDLE agents received the full cooperation and assistance from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Coral Springs Police Department and all other agencies that responded to the school shooting. Peterson was arrested at the Sheriff’s Office headquarters and booked into the Broward county’s main jail. The state attorney’s office, 17th Judicial Circuit, will prosecute the case.