Sheriff: Deputy never entered Florida high school during shooting

The deputy who was on duty at a Florida high school where 17 people were massacred waited outside the building for about four minutes without ever going in.

A Broward County Sheriff’s deputy was stationed on the school’s campus when Nikolas Cruz opened fire with an AR-15 rifle, leaving 17 people dead and others wounded. Sheriff Scott Israel said on Thursday that video showed the deputy arriving at the west side of the building where the shooting took place. The sheriff confirmed the deputy took up a position but "never went in."

The deputy "was absolutely on campus through this entire event." He was armed and in uniform during the shooting, but never entered the building despite "clearly" knowing a shooting was happening, Israel said.

Israel said he believes the deputy remained outside of the building for roughly four minutes, while the shooting in total lasted around six minutes. The deputy never fired his weapon.

When asked about what law enforcement agencies entered the building first, and at what time, Israel said that it "doesn't matter who went in first" or "what order you went in."

"What matters is that when we, in law enforcement, arrive at an active shooter, we go in and address the target," the sheriff said. "And that’s what should’ve been done."

The deputy, according to Israel, should've "went in. Address the killer. Kill the killer."

Israel confirmed he suspended the deputy without pay pending an internal investigation, but the officer resigned and retired.

Two other deputies from the Broward County Sheriff's Office have been placed on restrictive duty as officials investigate "whether or not they could have done more, should’ve done more."

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