Peterson resigned and retired a week after the shooting when an initial investigation revealed he didn't go into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to confront the shooter, who is charged with killing 17 students and teachers, according to the Sun Sentinel. Before the pension payments began, the Department of Management Services asked Broward State Attorney Michael Satz about Peterson, but Satz's office said it had no information to provide and referred questions to FDLE.
Scot Peterson, the deputy who was captured on video hiding outside the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School building as shooter Nikolas Cruz tore up the inside and killed 17, has been granted a pension - a taxpayer-funded pension - of $8,702 per month. President Donald Trump called Peterson a coward.
However, Peterson shouldn't get too comfortable: an ongoing Florida state inquiry into the Broward County Sheriff's Department over their actions during the shooting could force Peterson to forfeit his pension benefits.
Former officer Scot Peterson, 55, resigned February 22 after being suspended without pay by Sheriff Scott Israel.
"[His actions] were appropriate under the circumstances", lawyer Joseph DiRuzzo said in a statement to the Miami Herald.
Personnel records indicated Peterson had stellar reviews before the shooting.
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Peterson never entered the building.
About 18 months before the shooting, Peterson attempted to have Cruz involuntarily committed over mental health concerns.
Tweeting a news story about Peterson's pension, Andrew Pollack wrote that the money should go toward school security. He hid while my daughter and 16 others were slaughtered!
A second father, Fred Guttenberg, whose lost his daughter Jaime that tragic day, also expressed his disgust via Twitter.
"My daughter would still be alive if this person did his job", he added.
In response to the Herald/Times request for a response, Scott's office said: "Because no charges have been filed, the state is required to provide his pension under Florida law but our agency will be closely monitoring the FDLE investigation for any updates".