The identity of the Broward County Sheriff Captain who ordered officers responding to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting to “stage” and “perimeter” the building, instead of engage the shooter, has been identified.
Captain Jan Jordan was leading the deputies on the scene, and was the one who called the order for her colleagues to stay outside while they could hear gunshots being fired from Nikolas Cruz’s weapon, reports Fox News.
“Sources told Fox News it was Jordan giving the commands because they were recorded on the dispatch logs coming from Jordan’s radio insignia 17S1, or ‘Seventeen Sierra One,'” the news network reported.
Boward County Sheriff’s department has a policy on the books that states officers can enter such a scene to neutralize the shooter.
Via the Daily Wire: A spokesperson for the Broward Sheriff’s Office would only confirm that “Captain Jordan asked if a perimeter had been established after the shooter left the building,” but would not say whether Jordan made the call because she had any further information than other law enforcement agencies on the scene, or whether she made a tragic mistake in assessing the situation inside Stoneman Douglas.
The spokesperson also wouldn’t say why Jordan “asked” for a perimeter; as the senior officer on the scene, her “request for information” would have been interpreted as an order.
According to documents obtained by Fox News from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Jordan’s “perimeter” order was the first to go out to Broward County Sheriffs, who arrived on scene around 10 minutes after the shooter first opened fire: “at 2:32 p.m….the first command to form a perimeter was issued, ’17S1… NEED PERIMETER.’”
The SWAT team finally entered the school building another 15 minutes after the fact. Nikolas Cruz was already on the run at this point, hiding in a crowd of fleeing students.
Fox News obtained a manual which revealed a supervisor’s permission is not needed to enter a structure if they believe people are at risk of injury or death.
These instructions seem to run counter to earlier statements, made by the Sheriff’s Department, that officers were simply following procedure by not trying to neutralize the shooter inside the building.
The captain, who served at the Broward County Sheriffs Department for 27 years, has remained silent about the shooting.
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel has so far refused to answer questions as to why his department remained outside Stoneman Douglas High School while other departments and emergency responders rushed inside to save students and teachers who had been shot.