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He also said he "had the presence of mind" to have school officials review with closed-circuit TV cameras "to locate the shooter."
Except we know that when LEOs were trying to pull video, they needed somebody who could access the camera system, which was Peterson, and nobody knew where Peterson was. They had to bring a school staff member back into the building to be able to get into the system.
A unit inside the school and dispatch are both asking where Peterson is.
In your experience and judgment, is there any possible way a veteran LEO could mistake that gunfire from inside the building as gunfire outside the building?
It's a bit of a mixed bag answer, to be honest.
Peterson was taking cover outside the building where the shooting was happening, and it appears he was doing so as the shooting continued to happen for at least the last few minutes of it.
As I said, I think it's reasonable to think he had to have known there was a shooter in the building. I also think it's reasonable to believe he was unsure if that was the only shooter, given that we know there were wounded outside the building.
To be blunt, at this point it looks to me like Peterson got stuck in his OODA Loop and never unstuck himself, rather than him being a coward.