FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Two more Broward sheriff’s deputies have been fired following the completion of the internal affairs investigation following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony said when he took command it was important for him to understand the changes that were going to be needed for a comprehensive review of the entire incident as it occurred including the actions or inaction of the deputies.
Tony said their internal affairs investigation looked into the actions of seven deputies who were assigned to the Parkland district.
“Seven deputies were the subject of the internal affairs investigation at my request and our findings, now that this investigation has concluded, included the termination of two employees yesterday. That was Deputy Edward Eason as well as Deputy Joshua Stambaugh. The other three remaining deputies were found non-sustained, meaning no disciplinary action was taken against them,” said Tony.
The deputies were terminated for neglect of duty.
Max Schachter, whose son Alex was killed in the Stoneman Douglas High shooting, said he was pleased that two more deputies had been fired after the internal affairs investigation was finished.
“Both of those officers failed to protect and save lives on February 14th,” he said.
Tony said now that the internal affairs investigation has concluded, they are going to continue to move forward with fixing the issues at the department related to training.
Two other officers assigned to Parkland, school resource officer Deputy Scot Peterson and Sgt. Brian Miller, were previously fired by the sheriff’s office.
“I lost my son. These guys were fired. So there’s no balance in those two things,” said Manny Oliver.
Oliver’s son Joaquin died in the shooting.
“I believe that whoever was responsible and decided to be part of protecting people should not be a coward, should not run away from the scene when you are needed,” he said.
Schachter said the terminations send a clear message.
“He’s sending a message to all law enforcement in the entire county that if there is an active assailant a mass casualty event and you do not go towards the shooter, you do not try to save lives, you’re going to be held accountable,” said.