It's now come to light that officers may have been ordered to 'stage' and set a 'perimeter' rather than enter and pursue the Florida high school shooter, while he was still on the loose during what turned out to be a massacre in a Florida high school on Valentine's Day.
Dispatch logs from that day appear to show a commanding officers told crews to stage and form a perimeter, prior to the time the shooter had been located, Fox News reported on Wednesday.
If true, this is in direct contrast to stated Broward County Sheriff's Office (BSO) policy on how to approach an active shooter situation.
The BSO, which was the commanding agency on the scene that day, would not comment on allegations of any bad commands that may have been given, or on the timeline of the shooting.
Eventually Nikolas Cruz, 19, was taken into custody, but not before admittedly shooting and killing 17 people and injuring 15 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14.iPhone transfer software
It's now come to light that officers may have been ordered to 'stage' and set a 'perimeter' rather than enter and pursue the Florida high school shooter, while he was still loose on February 14; This comes after SRO Scot Peterson (pictured) resigned, after statements that he acted against BSO policy by not entering the school and engaging the shooter
Multiple reports and police information have Cruz entering what's referred to as Building 12 on campus at about 2.21 pm Easter, and opening fire. The shooting reportedly lasted seven and a half minutes.
The following times are all as reflected by the dispatch log obtained by Fox News.
At 2.23 pm, the first call came in that shots had been fired, from a female student.
At 2.25 pm, responding officers at witness reported more 'SHOTS FIRED.'
At 2.26 pm, a call identified the shots as coming from 'THE 1200 BLDG.'
At 2.26:56 pm, 'UNITS ADV SHOTS FIRED' appeared on the log, meaning units were ordered to the scene.
At 2.29 pm, 'UKNOWN SHOOTER LOCATION' was entered on the log.
At 2.30 pm, the log read 'HE HEARD SHOTS FIRED, HE IS IN 11th GRADE IN A MATH CLASS, UNK ROOM NUMBER,' in response to a call that came in from a mother reporting what her son had told her.
Law enforcement personnel work the scene at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting that killed and injured multiple people on February 14 in Parkland, Florida
BSO policy says that law enforcement may enter the scene and pursue an active shooter without waiting to be given orders to do so, in order to save a life
The next entry on the log showed the first order for a perimeter, 11 minutes after shots were first reported fire. While law enforcement have said the shooting lasted for seven and a half minutes, that doesn't mean that the shooter had been located, neutralized or taken into custody at this point.
At 2.32 pm, '17S1…NEED PERIMETER,' was entered.
The code '17S1' reportedly stands for who was making the call to form a perimeter, according to Fox News. In this came, it stands for 17 Sierra One.
At 2.34:48 pm, '17S1 STAGE SIDE SAWGRASS' was entered into the log, apparently indicating that the first command to stage was given.
At 2.38 pm, 'AIR RESCUE ADVISED NOT LAUNCING UNTIL CONFIRMED SUBJ IS IN CUSTODY' was entered into the log, meaning Air Rescue told the dispatcher that they would not launch. In this instance, the term 'advised' would mean 'made dispatch aware.'
Following the tragedy that unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters during a news conference on February 22, of Peterson's response at the time, 'I think he remained outside for upwards of four minutes'
This was taken to mean that Air Rescue would not launch for fear of being shot down, because the subject was not confirmed as having been in custody, Fox News reported.
At 2.47 pm, the log indicated the SWAT team entered the school. This was 15 minutes after the first command to form a perimeter was entered into the log, and 13 minutes after the first command to stage was entered into the log.
At 3.02 pm, '20 MIN DELAY FROM CAMERA HE EXITED THE BUILDING RUNNING SOUTH' was entered, apparently indicating there was a the 20-minute delay in surveillance footage that law enforcement had been using to locate the shooter.
At 3:03 pm, 'VIDEO SHOWS HE POSS MIXED WITH KIDS' was entered into the log.
At 3.10 pm, 'POSS STUDENT NICHOLAS CRUSE 43 FROM BASEBALL COACH' was entered, indicating Cruz had been identified by a baseball coach.
At 3.16 pm, an identification of Cruz was entered again, reading 'UNIT ADV ON DISPATCH 11A THAT THE SUBJ IS POSS A WM NAMED NICHOLAS CRUZ, WM LSAW A BURG SHIRT, BLK SHORTS, WAS LAST SEEN ON S/E END OF THE SCHOOL.'
['LSAW' is commonly used dispatch shorthand for 'last seen wearing.']
Jeff Bell, the president of the Broward County Sheriff's Deputies Association, said that unless '50' officers were already in the building at the time the order to 'stage' and 'perimiter' was given, then that would've been a bad command.
'If that is the correct log at ten [or eleven] minutes, that we were more concerned with the perimeter than finding the shooter, it was a bad command. It could have stalled our officers or cost lives,' he said.
Bell told Fox News that he believed the dispatch log they had obtained was likely to be 99 percent accurate.
However, two law enforcement officials told Fox News that it's possible the command had more information than the other crews, so it may not have been a bad call, after all.
This information comes after much has already been discussed, related to whether law enforcement's initial response was adequate on that day.
People are brought out of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after a shooting at the school that killed and injured multiple people on February 14 in Parkland, Florida
School Resource Officer and Sheriff's deputy Scot Peterson resigned from his position with the BSO.
Peterson reportedly resigned after he was told he was going to be placed on suspension without pay, pending the results of an investigation into his actions.
Following the tragedy that unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel told reporters during a news conference on February 22, of Peterson's response at the time, 'I think he remained outside for upwards of four minutes.'
'[He was absolutely on campus through this entire event. He was armed, he was in uniform,' Israel said.
Israel said Peterson was seen on camera, at the west side of a building, but 'he never went in,' and that he should have gone in and 'addressed the killer, killed the killer.'
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