Armed deputy stood frozen outside Florida high school for 4 minutes as the shooting unfolded and did ‘nothing’

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, seen last Thursday, a day after the shooting.

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, seen last Thursday, a day after the shooting.
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  • An armed police officer assigned to the Florida high school where last week’s shooting took place has resigned after an investigation found he never entered the building as the shooting unfolded.
  • Scot Peterson instead remained outside the building for four minutes, according to the Broward County sheriff.

An armed police officer who was stationed at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during last week’s deadly shooting resigned Thursday after an investigation found he never entered the building where the massacre took place to confront the gunman.

“I am devastated,” Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference Thursday. “Sick to my stomach. He never went in.”

Seventeen people were killed at the school last Wednesday in a seven-minute hail of gunfire.

Israel said the school’s resource officer, Scot Peterson, did “nothing” during that time, remaining outside the building for at least four minutes.

Peterson was in a different school building handling a separate matter when the shooting broke out, he added.

Israel said Peterson should have “went in” and “addressed the killer – killed the killer.”

The sheriff had previously declined to give details, saying only that Peterson never encountered the gunman during the shooting.

Israel said surveillance footage showed that Peterson was in position and armed but never entered the building. He added that the video may never be released.

Peterson worked at the high school since 2009 and made a $75,673.72 salary in 2016, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.