A second Parkland police officer has been recovered in a technical condition after being fired for his response to the 2018 school shooting, according to reports.
Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Stambaugh, who was hiding behind his car before pulling away from shots fired at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was fired 13 days too late, a referee ruled this week, the Local CBS affiliation reported.
Stambaugh’s shooting went against Florida state law that requires the discipline of law enforcement officers within 180 days of the end of an investigation. It is not clear how much is due with the remuneration.
The decision follows that of another arbitrator who restored Sgt. Brian Miller four months ago, saying Sheriff Gregory Tony had missed his two-day shooting term. Miller will have to pay at least $ 125,000 in repayment.
The sheriff’s office has already appealed Miller’s decision and told the station that it will also challenge Stambaugh’s decision.
“Once again, an arbitrator with no connection or association with Broward County has made a flawed decision to reinstate a deputy who has been fired for his response to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School,” the office said. sheriff in a statement to the station.
Stambaugh was working an off-duty shift at another nearby school when he decided to respond to reports of a shooting at Stoneman Douglas, according to a state investigation into the response. After hiding behind his truck for five minutes, he jumped back and left the scene.
A third outgoing deputy, Edward Eason, is scheduled to go before an arbitrator later this year. Eason was also accused of fleeing the shooting scene and of failing to write a report on a previous guy whose alleged shooter, Nikolas Cruz, had made online threats for such an attack.
Cruz is still awaiting trial for 17 murder charges and 17 murder proof charges for the February 14, 2018 assassination attempt.
His lawyers have said he will plead guilty if he has been spared the death penalty and given a life sentence, an agreement the prosecutors have refused.