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New: Broward deputies were given the order to set perimeter and stage instead of going into building where school shooter was

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New information leaked by law enforcement sources claims that Broward County Deputies were told to stand down and set up a perimeter outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, meaning they were told to “stage” instead of rush in and neutralize the shooter.

“It’s atrocious,” a law enforcement source -who was on scene at the time of the shooting- told Fox News. “If deputies were staging it could have cost lives.”

Because Broward County Sheriff’s Office policies on active shooters say responding deputies may enter the building to preserve life without permission, it appears that the order to set up a perimeter was not part of Standard Operating Procedure.

According to logs obtained by Fox News, the first order to set up a perimeter came in at 2:32 p.m., just minutes after the first call came in.

At 2:32 p.m., the log states, “17S1…NEED PERIMETER,” followed by, “17S1 STAGE SIDE SAWGRASS,” at  2:34 p.m.

According to Fox News, it wasn’t until 2:47 p.m., that the log indicated the SWAT team entered the school.

While many are criticizing the agency, some are defending BCSO, saying that staging a perimeter is an inevitable part of the process to assist during budding emergency operations, particularly when it comes to supplying info to incoming units.

Coral Springs Fire Department Sergeant Carla Kmiotek, who was also on scene at the shooting, said that “Setting up a perimeter and incident command is a necessary element of the response…determined from the intelligence known as the event is unfolding.”

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office was pressed for questions, but a spokesperson said little more than that the case is ongoing and no details were to be released at this time.

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