Police radio calls released from Stoneman Douglas shooting
PARKLAND, Fla. (CBS12) —
Faced with uncertainty and a barrage of gunfire, police responded to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High on Feb. 14.
Newly-released police radio transmissions captured some of the tension and pandemonium shortly after the deadly shooting spree.
Meanwhile, new details have come to light about former Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson who stayed outside the school while the massacre was in progress.
Peterson has been called a coward and has taken some heavy criticism for not entering the school to stop the killing spree.
But Peterson’s lawyer says there’s a good reason why he didn’t go in immediately.
“Seventeen Julia five. I have the gunshot victim. I have the gunshot victim. He’s by the entrance to West Glades on the west side of the school,” an officer was heard saying in one of the radio calls.
The audio obtained by CBS12 from Broadcastify paints a picture of the horrific situation.
Police rushed to the scene at Stoneman Douglas High School after suspected shooter Nikolas Cruz went on a killing spree inside.
“Does anybody have bolt cutters? I can’t get this kid out of the fence. He’s stuck in the fence. I need bolt cutters,” said one officer over the radio.
“The coach is with them," another officer said. "See if he can help them get over the gate."
Some say numerous lives could’ve been saved if school resource officer Peterson had gone into the school.
But he waited outside for four minutes instead, according to authorities.
However, Peterson’s attorney says he’s no coward and he waited outside because he believed the gunfire was coming from outside the school.
He says Peterson followed his training to seek cover and assess the situation, while he took up a tactical position between two nearby buildings.
But while Peterson was taking cover outside, officials say Cruz was already inside the school—armed with an AR-15 -- shooting at helpless students and adults who crossed his path.
“Description of the subject is going to be a white male last seen wearing a burgundy shirt. Possibly Nikolas Cruz,” the dispatcher said in the radio transmission.
“Peterson would be the one who had access to where the cameras are. Find out where Peterson is,” an unidentified officer said in the police radio recordings.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) is investigating the police response to the shooting.
Retired Boca Raton Police Chief Andrew Scott says this type of review can take up to a year to complete.
To hear more of the police radio transmissions, go to Broadcastify.com.