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The video, obtained by TMZ. reportedly shows school resource officer Scot Peterson, a now-former deputy with the Broward County Sheriff's Office, outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14 as a gunman opened fire inside.

Meanwhile, Sheriff Scott Israel criticized Peterson days after the shooting, claiming that the former deputy should have "went in, addressed the killer, killed the killer".

New surveillance footage has been released of the Valentine's Day school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed.

"The video speaks for itself", the Broward County Sheriff's Office said. Once out of the golf cart, Peterson is seen with his weapon in hand, but standing outside - and apparently not taking cover - all while the massacre is unfolding inside.

The clips do not show the carnage inside building 12 or the faces of any students, but they do shed light on the actions of Broward County sheriff's deputy Scot Peterson after the first shots were fired.

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Peterson was suspended and then resigned his post, and in a statement released by his lawyer said that he thought the gunfire originated from outside and reacted accordingly by waiting for the suspect there.

The video, which media organisations petitioned the judge overseeing the case to release, was released Thursday and does not provide incredible detail, but does show Mr Peterson as he hears about the shooting before speaking into a radio handset on his shoulder and rushing over to the site of the shooting. He has been kept away from other inmates for his own safety, the records said, and most of his interactions with other people have been with visiting attorneys or the jail staff members monitoring him. Images of students who appear in the footage are pixelated. "There are no words", said Israel, who described himself as "devastated, sick to my stomach" after watching the video. Peterson takes cover outside a corner of the building, behind a wall. He directs officers to lock the school down and block traffic.

"Be advised we have possible - could be firecrackers - I think we have shots fired, possible shots fired", Peterson said.

They also were operating on delayed information.

Some 911 calls and police radio traffic audiotapes have gradually been made public.


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