Broward Sheriff Says ‘Of Course I Won’t Resign’ After Criticism Over Response to High School Shooting

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Sunday he would not resign in the face of criticism about his agency’s response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

“Of course I won’t resign,” Israel said when pressed on the issue by CNN anchor Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”

Israel also said he was “disgusted” an armed school resource officer did not enter the school as shots rang out and vowed to investigate any other allegation of inaction.

“I was disgusted. I was just demoralized with the performance of former deputy (Scot) Peterson,” Israel said Sunday.

CNN reported earlier this weekend that Coral Springs sources said police officers from Coral Springs arrived at the site of the shooting and were dismayed to find three other Broward County Sheriff’s deputies, in addition to Peterson, had not entered the school.

Israel said the actions of the deputies are under investigation.

“We’re going to be taking statements from those Coral Springs police officers,” Israel said. “If any of the deputies are alleged to have dereliction of duty, we’ll look into that.”

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SOURCE: CNN, Eli Watkins