Melissa Goldsmith weeps outside Marjory Stoneman High School Douglas on Feb. 1
The Broward County Sheriff's Office said it was investigating allegations that multiple deputies failed to enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., After the shooting rampage there, adding to the mounting internal probes examining the department's response to its prior interactions with the suspect.
Authorities have had criticisms of the series of unheard of warnings that preceded the Feb. 14 massacre. These warnings about Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old with the killings, included tips saying he could be capable of carrying out a school shooting. The FBI receives such a tip in January but never investigated it. The Broward County Sheriff's Office said it was received by the United States.
Officials also faced difficult questions about what happened after the shooting inside Stoneman Douglas. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Thursday, June 2, 2011 That deputy, Scot Peterson, has a three-decade veteran of the sheriff's office, resigned after being suspended.
The Broward County Sheriff's Office has said it is investigating how the agency responded to the gunfire that killed 17 students and faculty at Stoneman Douglas. The sheriff's office said in a statement Saturday that "detectives are investigating the claims from [the] Coral Springs Police Department that some deputies did not go into the school when they should have."
Israel, the sheriff, told the South Florida Sun Sentinel on Friday that if investigators find "that our deputies made mistakes and did not go in, I'll handle it like I always have."
According to CNN report, police officers from Coral Springs When they get to the scene, they are at least three other sheriff's deputies, in addition to Peterson, still outside.
Late Saturday, the Broward County Sheriff's Office released a statement from Sheriff Israel pushing back against media coverage and some of the criticisms that has emerged in recent days. In the sheriff's letter, which was sent to Gov. Rick Scott (R), Israel commented that it was written by Coral Springs on the campus of the United States
Israel wrote that Coral Springs received the initial 911 call and, when they arrived at the school, went inside first without knowing that the shooter had left four minutes earlier. He also wrote that "Coral Springs Police Department Officers were first arrived at the school."
In his letter, Israel said these Coral Springs officers who went inside first were followed by Broward sheriff's deputies ; he did not say that those deputies had waited outside first. His letter was sent to Scott in response to a Florida State Representative 's Call to the Governor of the United States, who was reelected in 2016, from office.
Also Saturday night, other deputies responded to the scene and waited to go inside.
"There is no confirmation, at this time, other deputies did not enter the school when they should have," Veda Coleman-Wright, the spokeswoman, said in the statement late Saturday. "
Noting that there are" multiple investigations "being conducted in addition to the Stoneman Douglas shooting," she said the office's investigators would not rush the process. She added: "It is more important for us to wait and let researchers get it right, even if some media outlets are getting it wrong."
Coral Springs They were "aware of media reports", "Broward Sheriff's Office."
"Our police department has Broward Sheriff's Office to assist in the investigation of this incident, "the Coral Springs police statement said. "The Coral Springs Police Department has a tremendous working relationship with the men and women of the Broward Sheriff's Office, and while we are being transparent through this investigation, everyone should respect the process."
Tony Pustizzi, Coral Springs , did not respond to a message seeking Saturday. He said this week that he was headquartered just a few miles down the road from Stoneman Douglas in a city where many of the students live, will also comment on their response to the shooting.
handled the warnings about Cruz, including the fumbled FBI tip. In January, a woman described by the office as close to Cruz contacted the FBI and said he could "get into a school and just shoot the place up," according to a transcript of the call obtained by The Post
The woman told the FBI that she was worried Cruz was "going to explode," the transcript showed. "Something is going to happen," the caller said. She was also quoted as saying she had passed the information to local police.
The FBI has said that it was made in the office and that it was investigated both what happened and how it handles the tips of the public  The Broward County Sheriff's Office said this week that among the 23 calls it was about to have a child. In February 2016, a caller warned that Cruz "planned to shoot up the school." A deputy spoke to the caller, having learned that Cruz had knives and a BB Peterson, the deputy serving the Stoneman Douglas resource officer. It remains unclear what Peterson, who did not respond to,
The following year, the Broward sheriff's office said, it was a call that Cruz was collecting guns and knives and could be "a school shooter in the making." That call, made in November 2017, before the Stoneman Douglas massacre. It noted that Cruz, whose mother died that month, had moved from Parkland to a home in Palm Beach County.
According to the Broward sheriff's office, no report was filed on the call, and a deputy interviewed after the Stoneman Douglas shooting said he referred to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. A spokeswoman for that office told The Washington Post on Friday that they "have NO RECORD of getting this threat."
The Broward County Sheriff 's Office said it was unable to provide information. ongoing internal probe.
Investigations after mass shootings often revealed many things that could have been handled better, both during the bloodshed and in the months or years leading up to it. Daniel J. Oates, who was the police chief in Aurora, Colo., During the 2012 mass shooting there, said law enforcement officials would voteize any missteps, but he cautioned against drawing conclusions until these investigations were concluded.
"Everyone "Oates, who are now the police chief in Miami Beach, are all victims, and they are going to live with this for the rest of their lives, and it's very painful , said in an interview. "Everyone's going to ask themselves, 'Could I have done something differently?'"
Matt Zapotosky contributed to this report, which has been updated.
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