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Broward County deputies to carry rifles at schools

4 months 1 day 15 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 February 21, 2018 7:38 PM February 21, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: ABC News

PARKLAND, FL. - The sheriff of the Florida county where a shooter killed 17 people at a high school last week has ordered all deputies who qualify to begin carrying rifles on school grounds.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a news conference Wednesday that the rifles will be locked in a patrol car when not in use until the agency secures gun locks and lockers.

The sheriff said the school district's superintendent fully supports his decision.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High's school resource officer was carrying a weapon when the shooting happened last week but did not discharge his firearm. It's unclear what role he played in trying to thwart the shooter and whether he was aware of suspect Nikolas Cruz's past behavior at the school.

The sheriff said those details are still being investigated.

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