Scott calls for independent investigation of response to Parkland shooting

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has called on Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the law enforcement response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

The governor's office said the investigation will begin immediately.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel and his agency have come under increasing criticism in recent days after reports the deputies did not heed repeated complaints about gunman Nikolas Cruz before the shooting. Israel also said this week that armed school resource officer Scot Peterson failed to engage Cruz during the shooting that left 17 people dead on Feb. 14.

A decorated BSO deputy, Peterson resigned after he was suspended without pay.

On Friday, Israel launched an investigation after Coral Spring police officers charged that three additional deputies did not enter the high school while Cruz was inside.

Israel rejected calls for his resignation Sunday, saying his agency had done "amazing work."

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