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Attorney Argues Former BSO Deputy Scot Peterson Had No Obligation To Confront School Gunman

FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami/AP) — It's been over 18 months since the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

Attorneys for a former Florida sheriff's deputy want a judge to dismiss felony charges stemming from his failure to enter the school building while a gunman carried out the shooting.

Former BSO Deputy Scot Peterson seen on exterior surveillance video on the day of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting. (Source: BSO)

Scot Peterson's attorneys say prosecutors stretched the laws "beyond their breaking points" when they charged him last month with child neglect, culpable negligence, and perjury for his actions during and after the 2018 shooting at Stoneman Douglas that left 17 dead and 17 wounded.

Attorney Joseph DiRuzzo III wrote in filings filed last week that while Peterson was the deputy assigned to the school, he was not the students' legal caregiver.

He also wrote the Broward Sheriff's Office's policy for confronting active shooters said deputies "may" enter a building, not "shall."

Prosecutors have not responded in court.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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