Former officer charged for not responding to Florida school shooting

Published on 5 Jun 2019 12:37:17 PM

A former Florida sheriff's deputy was arrested on Tuesday on felony and misdemeanour charges stemming from his lack of response in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead, the county sheriff said.

Scot Peterson, 56, who was taken into custody, faces multiple counts of child neglect, culpable negligence and perjury, Broward County State Attorney Mike Satz said in a statement. The charges carry a combined maximum prison sentence of nearly 97 years, he said.

Peterson, at the time a Broward County deputy, was on duty as a school resource officer, never went inside the school building during the shooting, according to the sheriff's office and surveillance video.