As Gunman Rampaged Through Florida School, Armed Deputy 'Never Went In'

The revelations combined to a flourishing list of failures and missed signs by a authorities that competence have helped forestall one of a deadliest propagandize shootings in American history.

The F.B.I. perceived a tip final month from someone tighten to Mr. Cruz that he owned a gun and had talked of committing a propagandize shooting, a business suggested final week, acknowledging that it had unsuccessful to investigate. The tip about Mr. Cruz seemed to be a second in 4 months, after another chairman told a business about an online criticism apparently posted by Mr. Cruz that he wanted to turn “a veteran propagandize shooter.”

The Florida Department of Children and Families, a state amicable services agency, looked into Mr. Cruz’s well-being in 2016 after he posted on amicable media that he was slicing himself, though investigators dynamic he was not during risk of harming himself or others. The Broward County Public Schools had disciplinary complaints on Mr. Cruz dating behind to when he was in center school, including a prolonged story of fighting.

Sheriff Israel pronounced he sensitive Deputy Peterson on Thursday that he was being dangling though compensate and placed underneath inner investigation. At 12:37 p.m. on Thursday, sheriff’s bureau annals show, Deputy Peterson, 66, sealed his retirement papers, that amounted to a resignation. He had been with a bureau for some-more than 32 years.

“The review will continue,” Sheriff Israel said.

The notice video, that was not released, showed Deputy Peterson remained outward a west side of a building for during slightest 4 mins while a gunman was inside, according to Sheriff Israel. The sharpened uproar during Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School lasted reduction than 6 minutes. The video was advanced by declare statements, Sheriff Israel said.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that an officer from a Coral Springs Police Department who responded to a sharpened had seen Deputy Peterson in a Stoneman Douglas High parking lot. The emissary “was seeking cover behind a petrify mainstay heading to a stairwell,” Officer Tim Burton said.

In a disharmony immediately after a shooting, there were other missteps. A 20-minute check in propagandize notice video confused Coral Springs military officers perplexing to find a gunman, pronounced Chief Tony Pustizzi. By then, a think had already left a building.


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Chief Pustizzi called it a communications failure. The video complement allows for real-time playback

“At initial a guys are hearing, ‘Oh, he’s on a second floor.’ Well, it’s not true, ‘cause we have people on a second building and a people are saying, ‘Well, he’s not on a second floor,’” Chief Pustizzi said, adding that, if anything, a officers were “more expeditious” as they changed by a propagandize underneath a faith a gunman was still there.

Coral Springs military have pronounced they were a initial to respond to a shooting. Sheriff Israel, who shielded his office’s response on Wednesday and pronounced his possess deputies had not hung behind outward a building, pronounced on Thursday that a Coral Springs officers acted “heroically.”

Samantha Fuentes, an 18-year-old comparison during Stoneman Douglas High who was shot in both legs, pronounced she never saw Deputy Peterson during a “30 minutes” that upheld before SWAT officers arrived during a first-floor classroom in that she and other students had been holding a class.

“He is not someone who has most of a presence” in a school, she said.

Sheriff Israel, flanked by dual of his tip aides, seemed romantic Thursday during a news discussion in that he described Deputy Peterson’s conduct. His eyes seemed to glisten, and his debate was infrequently halting.

The dual other deputies placed on limited avocation tentative an inner review were identified by a sheriff’s bureau as Edward Eason and Guntis Treijs.

In Nov 2017, a tourist told a authorities that Mr. Cruz had been stockpiling guns and knives. In a outline of a call, a sheriff’s bureau pronounced a caller, located in Massachusetts, disturbed that Mr. Cruz “will kill himself one day and believes he could be a propagandize shooter in a making.” A emissary contacted a chairman who called, though no news was filed. The tourist was referred to a sheriff’s bureau in Palm Beach County, where a tourist pronounced Mr. Cruz lived.

In Feb 2016, a sheriff’s bureau perceived what it described as “thirdhand information” that Mr. Cruz “planned to fire adult a school” and had posted a design on Instagram of a “juvenile with guns.” A emissary dynamic that Mr. Cruz had knives and a BB gun and forwarded a information to a propagandize apparatus officer during Stoneman Douglas High. That was Deputy Peterson.

Some of a other calls exhibit serve sum about Mr. Cruz’s uneasy childhood. In Nov 2014, someone reported that a chairman wise Mr. Cruz’s outline shot a duck with a probable BB gun. Mr. Cruz was found to possess an airsoft rifle, that he certified to using, though denied he shot chickens.


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And in Sep 2016, a counterpart advisor during Stoneman Douglas High alerted a propagandize apparatus officer — expected Deputy Peterson — that Mr. Cruz “possibly ingested gasoline” a week before “in an try to dedicate self-murder and is slicing himself.”

“Mental health advisor suggested Cruz did not accommodate criteria for Baker Act,” a outline said, referring to a Florida law that allows a military to dedicate a mentally ill opposite their will.

Stoneman Douglas High instituted a “threat assessment” on Mr. Cruz after a counselor’s report. The Florida Department of Children of Families looked into either Mr. Cruz was during risk of harming himself or others and resolved he was not since he was vital with his mother, attending propagandize and saying a counselor.

Alan Blinder reported from Fort Lauderdale, and Patricia Mazzei from New York. Reporting was contributed by Jess Bidgood from Boston, Nick Madigan from Miami, and Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Maggie Astor from New York.

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