An armed officer assigned to the Florida school where a gunman killed 17 people last week took cover outside rather than enter the school building and address the killer.
Scott Israel the Sheriff of Broward County where the shooting took place said the deputy at the school chose to resign after Israel suspended him without pay.
“Scot Peterson was absolutely on campus through this entire event. He was armed. He was in uniform,” Israel said at a press conference.
“I am devastated. Sick to my stomach. He never went in,” Sheriff Israel said.
When asked at the press conference what Peterson should have done, Israel said the deputy should have “went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer.”
“There are no words,” he said.
Peterson, who had worked for the sheriff’s office since 1985 and was receiving an annual salary of $75,000, is yet to publicly comment on what happened. Police are reportedly guarding his home.