Larry Strong said:
Peterson resigned after he was suspended without pay
by ( Sheriff ) Israel pending an internal investigation into his actions during the shooting that left 17 people dead, Israel said. Peterson was eligible for retirement.
( Sheriff ) Israel told reporters Peterson should have "went in.
Addressed the killer. Killed the killer."
Instead, the deputy waited outside
for about four minutes.
"What I saw was a deputy arrive at the west side of building 12, take up a position," Israel said of the video. "And he never went in
Peterson held several jobs, including working as a security guard and stock clerk, before he was hired as a sheriff's deputy in 1985, according to his personnel records. He also served in the military, he told the sheriff's office. Peterson, who attended Florida International University, was largely lauded for his performance on the job, including garnering two deputy of the year nominations in recent years, the personnel records show.
In 2015, Israel noted Peterson's then-30-year tenure. "Your dedication and allegiance are the best illustrations of the service [the sheriff's office] provides to the people of Broward County," Israel wrote, according to the records.
Two sheriff's deputies on restricted duty
( Sheriff ) Israel said two other deputies have been placed on restricted duty while the sheriff's office investigates their actions during calls to the gunman's home before the shooting.
"You don't wait for SWAT
; you push in and eliminate the shooter," Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.
Former Broward Sheriff Al Lamberti: “These events are over in three to five minutes. You don't have the luxury to wait.
You might not have the best equipment, you might have small numbers, but you're armed. Those kids are not armed. You have to go in
and engage the shooter."
"Since the Columbine school shooting that left 12 dead in 1999, cops have been trained not to wait
for heavily armed SWAT officers but to enter buildings to find and kill the threat."