The disgraced Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy who hid during the deadly school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School now receives a state pension of $8,700 per month, reports the Sun Sentinel.
Former Deputy Scot Peterson -who resigned from the police force in February before he was set to face tough questions over his actions during the rampage- began receiving the taxpayer-funded pension in April; sparking outrage from local residents.
“The 55-year-old Peterson, a Broward deputy for 32 years, was paid $101,879.03 last year — $75,673.72 in base salary plus overtime and other compensation, according to sheriff’s office records. Until the shooting, he was considered a trusted school resource officer at Stoneman Douglas, according to annual reviews of his performance,” writes the Sentinel.
The former Deputy was thrust into the national spotlight after surveillance footage emerged of Peterson taking a “defensive position” and refusing to enter the high school as Nikolas Cruz gunned down students at will.
The mass shooting left 17 people dead and dozens injured.