The Broward County Sheriff Deputy who maintained a “defensive position” and refused to enter a south Florida high school during a shooting spoke publicly Monday, saying he is “no coward” and responded to the incident according to his training.
Deputy Scot Peterson -harshly criticized for failing to enter the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during the massacre- released his first statement on the incident this week, saying he “heard gunshots” and believed the shooter “was outside.”
According to the Herald Sun, Peterson “heard gunshots but believed those gunshots were originating from outside of the buildings on the school campus.”
“BSO trains its officers that in the event of outdoor gunfire one is to seek cover and assess the situation in order to communicate what one observes with other law enforcement,” added the statement.
“Allegations that Mr. Peterson was a coward and that his performance, under the circumstances, failed to meet the standards of police officers are patently untrue,” concluded Peterson’s lawyer.
The statement comes just four days after the Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed Peterson never entered the building, saying he was “sick to his stomach” over the revelation.