The school shooting that left 17 dead and the events that led up to that day have been inspected with a fine tooth comb. We discovered the school’s armed resource officer didn’t enter the school when the shooting started. He has since resigned. It seems he may not have been the only officer who didn’t rush to help when the shooting began.
Sources from Coral Springs Police Department told CNN in an interview they were shocked to see three Broward County police officers armed and taking cover behind their squad vehicles. The three officers were with the school’s resource officer and part of the same department.
According to the sources, they were stunned and angered to see the four officers standing behind their squad car while 14 students and 3 teachers were being gunned down inside.
When the Coral Springs police officers proceeded into school, multiple Broward County officers came on the scene and helped clear the buildings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
A detailed report is expected to be released as early as next week, according to the New York Post. It should come as no surprise, the emotions the officers were feeling during the event will not be included in the report.
CNN detailed a negative encounter between the two departments during a vigil the day after the shooting. Broward County Sheriff Scott was allegedly confronted by Coral Springs City Manager Mike Goodrum who took issue with their police department not actively seeking out the shooter when they arrived at the high school.
This claim was disputed by Goodrum who claimed the two have a good working relationship. “Given the horrific events of that day emotions were running high and the sheriff and I had a heated moment the following evening. Sheriff Israel and I have spoken several times since and I can assure you that our departments have a good working relationship and the utmost respect for each other,” he said in a statement.
The claim of a confrontation was seemingly further validated after the Coral Springs Police Chief, Tony Pustizzi, wrote an internal memo that has since made its way into the hands of the press.
“I understand that another agency has given the impression that it had provided the majority of the rescue efforts, and that the tremendous work of the Coral Springs Police and Fire Departments has not been recognized,” he said. “Please know that this issue will be addressed, and the truth will come out in time.”