Deputy charged for in­ac­tion dur­ing shooting

The News-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

The for­mer Florida deputy who stood out­side in­stead of con­fronting the gun­man dur­ing last year’s Park­land school mas­sacre was ar­rested Tues­day on 11 crim­i­nal charges re­lated to his in­ac­tion.

Broward State At­tor­ney Mike Satz said in a state­ment that 56-year-old Scot Peter­son faces child ne­glect, cul­pa­ble neg­li­gence and perjury charges that carry a com­bined po­ten­tial max­i­mum prison sen­tence of nearly 100 years.

Peter­son, then a Broward County deputy, was on duty as the school re­source of­fi­cer dur­ing the Fe­bru­ary 2018 shooting at Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School but never went in­side while bul­lets were fly­ing. Seven­teen peo­ple died and 17 oth­ers were wounded in the at­tack, many on the build­ing’s third floor after Peter­son ar­rived, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said.

One of the victims was 14-year-old Gina Montalto, whose fa­ther Tony Montalto said fam­i­lies wanted jus­tice to be done.

“We are happy to see some ac­count­abil­ity for this tragedy that took the life of my daugh­ter Gina and 16 other won­der­ful in­di­vid­u­als as well as ter­ri­bly in­jured 17 oth­ers,” said Montalto, pres­i­dent of the Stand With Park­land vic­tim fam­i­lies’ group.

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