WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in a press release said a county security officer was charged with neglect for failing to act to prevent a massacre at a high school last year that left seventeen dead.
"Following an investigation by FDLE, former Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, 56, was arrested in Broward County today on seven counts of neglect of a child and three counts of culpable negligence and one count of perjury," the release said on Tuesday. "The arrest comes after a 15-month investigation".
"The FDLE investigation shows former Deputy Peterson did absolutely nothing to mitigate the MSD shooting that killed 17 children, teachers and staff and injured 17 others", said FDLE Commissioner Rick Swearingen. "There can be no excuse for his complete inaction and no question that his inaction cost lives".
The investigation shows Peterson refused to investigate the source of gunshots, retreated during the active shooting as victims were being shot and directed other law enforcement arriving on the scene to remain 500 feet away from the building, the FDLE said.