Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday asked the state’s top cop to investigate the law enforcement response to the deadly Feb. 14 mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said it is beginning the investigation immediately, an NBC affiliate reported.
The law-enforcement commissioner is Rick Swearingen, appointed to the post in 2014 and has more than 30 years of experience in the state and capitol-police agencies.
The investigation of 19-year-old shooter Nikolas Cruz’s rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in which 17 people died, has come under scrutiny for law enforcement’s missteps surrounding the shootings.
According to reports, there were several delays in deputies getting to the scene of the shootings, and the high school’s student resource officer resigned after his suspension amid accusations he did nothing to stop the massacre.
Detectives with the Broward County’s Sheriff’s office also are reviewing claims from officers in nearby Coral Springs Police Department that some Broward deputies failed to enter the school at the appropriate time, the sheriff’s office said late Saturday, the Wall Street Journal reported.
“There is no confirmation, at this time, other deputies did not enter the school when they should have,” the office said in a news release, the Journal reported. “Again, it’s a claim being investigated to determine if further action is warranted.”