Florida school shooting response caught on radio traffic

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Florida school shooting response caught on radio traffic
FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2018 file photo, students hold their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus. Emergency calls from parents and students during the Florida high school massacre show 911 operators at first trying to grasp the enormity of the emergency and then calmly trying to gather information to assist arriving law enforcement officers. The officers arrive to find chaos as delays allowed the shooter to flee. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Radio transmissions contradict a sheriff’s deputy’s contention that he couldn’t determine the shooter’s location during last month’s Florida high school massacre.

Broward County deputy Scot Peterson’s radio calls in the minutes after the Feb. 14 shooting show he quickly realized the shots were coming from inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s freshman building. That contradicts a Feb. 26 statement from his lawyer saying Peterson, who was assigned to the school, “believed that those gunshots were originating from outside any of the buildings on the school campus.”

If Peterson knew the location of the shooter, it was his responsibility under Broward Sheriff’s Office mass shooting guidelines to enter the building and kill or stop him. Seventeen people were killed. His attorney did not return a call and email seeking comment Friday.