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Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate school shooting response



WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WPEC) - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, at the request of Gov. Rick Scott, will investigate the police response to the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland.

The development comes on the heels of reports that more than one deputy waited outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as a gunman opened fire on students and teachers inside.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel called the claim "untrue" but planned to investigate the matter. Israel said the investigation has so far led to only one deputy being on campus at the time of the gunfire. Deputy Scot Peterson has since resigned after being suspended without pay last week pending an internal investigation. Israel said Peterson "never went in" to confront and possibly stop the attacker.

The suspect in the shooting is 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz. He faces 17 counts of premeditated murder.

The Broward County Sheriff's Office is also facing criticism for how it handled some of the 18 tipster calls about Cruz. The tips were among a series of what authorities now describe as the clearest missed warning signs that Cruz, who had a history of disturbing behavior, posed a serious threat.

State Rep. Bill Hager of Boca Raton is calling for Israel's resignation, citing "potential interagency breakdowns and miscommunications" and thus Israel's "neglect of duty and incompetence."

Israel called Hager's letter "riddled with factual errors, unsupported gossip, and falsehoods."

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