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Armed deputy stood outside school building during shootings

February 22. 2018 8:53PM
Local students, including some from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, participate in a vigil for victims of the school shooting, at the Church By The Glades megachurch in Coral Springs, Fla., on Sunday. (REUTERS/Jonathan Drake)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The armed deputy who was on the campus of Stoneman Douglas High School during a shooting rampage that left 17 dead on Feb. 14 stood outside the building where it occurred and did not go in to engage the shooter, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said on Thursday.

Scott Peterson, who was the school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas, stood outside the building as the shootings took place, Israel told reporters.

Peterson resigned from the department on Thursday after being told he would be suspended, Israel said.

He did not say if Peterson would face criminal charges.

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