US deputy branded a 'coward' breaks silence, defends actions

US deputy branded a 'coward' breaks silence, defends actionsNow, after nearly two weeks of opprobrium, the sheriff’s deputy accused of failing to take action during the Florida high school shooting is fighting back. Scot Peterson, 54, broke his silence on Monday and defended his conduct during the shooting at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 14 students and three adult staff members dead. “Let there be no mistake, Mr. Peterson wishes that he could have prevented the untimely passing of the 17 victims on that day, and his heart goes out to the families of the victims,” his attorney, Joseph DiRuzzo III, said in a statement.

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