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SCOT PETERSON, official

February 11, 2019
FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2015, file frame from video from Broward County Public Schools, school resource officer Scot Peterson talks during a school board meeting of Broward County, Fla. Peterson, a longtime Broward sheriff's deputy assigned to school, retired shortly after the shooting after security video showed he drew his gun but did not enter the three-story freshman building where the killings took place, instead taking cover nearby and not moving for about 50 minutes. (Broward County Public Schools via AP, File)

Peterson, a longtime Broward sheriff’s deputy assigned to school, retired shortly after the shooting. Security video showed he drew his gun but did not enter the three-story freshman building where the killings took place. Instead, he took cover nearby and stayed there for about 50 minutes. In interviews with the “Today” show and The Washington Post, he said he did not know where the shots were coming from. He was subpoenaed to testify before the state investigative commission, but invoked his Fifth Amendment right to silence after it was announced he is under criminal investigation. The commission concluded that he lied about not knowing the location of the shooter, and several members called him a coward. He is collecting a pension of more than $100,000 annually.

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