New video shows Parkland deputy during school shooting

Authorities on Thursday released video surveillance footage showing the outside of the Parkland high school where a teenage gunman opened fire, killing 17 people and wounding 15 in Florida's deadliest campus shooting.

Video of what happened inside the school is not being released. Peterson's behaviour during and after the gunfire have become the focus of intense scrutiny, with Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel assailing him for not rushing inside to confront the gunman. He said it confirms that Peterson should have entered the building: that is an almost-universal response in police training after the 1999 Columbine High and 2012 Sandy Hook school shootings. Because of that, he said, he "took up a tactical position" to try to assess the situation. The video shows Peterson moving quickly away from Building 9 and at times on a golf cart, again moving away from the building. He said Peterson "clearly" knew there was a shooter inside. When another officer later said some students had reported possible firecrackers by the football field, Peterson replied: "We also heard it's by, inside the 1200 building". He appeared in court Wednesday as students across the nation walked out of school to protest gun violence.

The video shows Peterson standing near the entrance to the building.

"The video speaks for itself", the Broward Sheriff's Office said in a statement. "His actions were enough to warrant an internal affairs investigation, as requested by Sheriff Scott Israel on February 21".

The statement added that the sheriff's office was unable to discuss more about the investigation because of Florida law. The Broward State Attorney's Office asked it be kept secret, but decided against appealing the judge's ruling.

Exactly how the Broward Sheriff's Office responded in the initial moments of the February 14. massacre has been the focus of extensive national criticism.

The deputy failed to confront the gunman during the six-minute rampage, the video time stamps show, confirming the account of other law enforcement officers who raised questions about the response by the sheriff's office nearly immediately after the shooting.

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The footage provided, which was approved for release by Judge Jeffrey Levenson, shows only a small segment of the overall law enforcement response.

The BSO last week released a detailed timeline of events based on 911 calls and dispatch communications that were made during the shooting. Peterson takes cover outside a corner of the building, behind a wall.

Israel said that after being suspended, Peterson opted to resign, filing his retirement paperwork that day.

Israel offered no further comment about the video.

The footage apparently shows Peterson remaining in that area for the next 20-plus minutes of the clip.

Police and school officials had resisted the release, saying it was evidence in an active investigation. The sheriff's office, meanwhile, ultimately reversed course and said it supported making the footage public. By then, Cruz had fled. Add Parkland school shooting as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Parkland school shooting news, video, and analysis from ABC News.

  • Adam Floyd