Sheriff fires 2 more deputies after IA investigation into Parkland school shooting

Edward Eason, Josh Stanbaugh latest deputies ousted

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor, Parker Branton - Reporter

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Broward County Sheriff Gregory Tony has fired two more deputies who were the subjects of an internal affairs investigation into the Parkland school shooting.

"Seven deputies were the subjects of the internal affairs investigation at my request and our findings, as this investigation has now concluded, included the termination of two employees yesterday," Tony said Wednesday during a news conference.

The sheriff said deputies Edward Eason and Josh Stanbaugh, along with former school resource Deputy Scot Peterson and Sgt. Brian Miller, were fired. 

"It became clear to me and our command staff that this was neglect of duty," Tony said.

He said no disciplinary action was taken against three other deputies who had been under investigation.

Seventeen people were killed and seventeen others were wounded in the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Peterson was arrested earlier this month and charged with seven counts of child neglect, three counts of culpable negligence and one count of perjury. Authorities said Peterson failed to engage the shooter.

Tony announced earlier this month that he had retroactively fired Peterson, who resigned shortly after the Valentine's Day massacre, and Miller.

"We are now going to continue to move forward with fixing the issues that exist here in the agency as it's related to training," Tony said. "We are ahead of the curve in that. We are excelling and we're just getting started."

Manny Oliver, who lost his son, Joaquin, in last year’s shooting, praised the discipline, but believes the sheriff can take things a step further.

"This is only getting ready for when it happens again, and I would love for him to put some effort in preventing this from happening again," Oliver said. 
 

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