Radio calls reveal law enforcement asked for school resource officer in Parkland shooting
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. (CBS12) —
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the law enforcement response to the Parkland school shooting at Gov. Rick Scott's request.
Just minutes after the shooting, law enforcement seemed to know who killed 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School.
On radio communications obtained from Broadcastify, law enforcement could be heard asking for school resource officer Scot Peterson. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel says Peterson never went into the building to engage suspect Nikolas Cruz during the shooting.
“Peterson would be the one who had access to where the cameras are. Find out where Peterson is,” someone is heard saying on communications.
Scott now wants to know more about law enforcement’s response to the tragedy.
The FDLE confirmed to CBS12 News that it will review the response of all law enforcement agencies who provided initial response to the shooting, including the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
“The governor is doing the right thing," retired Boca Police Chief Andrew Scott said. "He’s clearly making it a priority as it should to find out what exactly happened."
Andrew Scott also added that this type of review can take up to a year to conduct.
“They’re going to map out the movement of the shooter in addition to where everybody else was coming and arriving and what they were doing at that particular time,” he said.
An FDLE spokesperson told CBS12 News that since this could become an investigation, the agency won’t discuss what exactly will be reviewed.
“Makes all the sense in the world to have that independent body come in and take a look at all aspect of this shooting included the response,” Andrew Scott said.
Israel says he welcomes the review and that his agency will fully cooperate with FDLE.