Scot Peterson, the former sheriff’s deputy who was caught standing outside Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School while a gunman killed 17 people inside, has retired—and will start receiving a six-figure, taxpayer-funded pension.
Peterson, 55, will receive $8,702 a month—about $104,000 per year.
Peterson attracted controversy after surveillance footage showed that Peterson, who was the resource deputy stationed at the high school, stood outside the building as gunman Nikolas Cruz opened fire.
Peterson never entered the building.
Facing disciplinary action from the Broward County Sheriff’s Department, Peterson opted to resign and retire on February 23, just 9 days after the shooting.
Despite Peterson’s cowardly actions, his former employer has continued to support him, stating, “the allegations that Mr. Peterson was a coward and that his performance, under the circumstances, failed to meet the standards of police officers are patently untrue.”
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.
In addition, Peterson has been named in a wrongful death suit by Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow died in the shooting.