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2 SWAT team members suspended for running toward Parkland massacre

Linda Trischitta, Sun Sentinel on

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Two Miramar SWAT team members who ran toward the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are suspended indefinitely.

The officers did not have permission to respond to the shooting at Parkland on Feb. 14, when 17 people were killed.

And that created an officer safety issue and left them unaccountable for their actions, according to their police department.

But their union reacted differently.

"While it may have been a violation of policy to not notify their supervisors that they were going there, their intentions were brave and heroic, I think," Broward County PBA President Jeff Marano said Wednesday.

The SWAT officers who responded were Detective Jeffrey Gilbert and Detective Carl Schlosser. One officer told supervisors he was in the Coral Springs area when the gunfire happened; it's not known where the other officer drove from, police spokeswoman Tania Rues said.

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"They were both close by (the high school)," Rues said.

A third SWAT member, Officer Kevin Gonzalez, was accused of being linked to several social media posts that put the city and police in a negative light, and was suspended for violating the department's social media policy and the code of conduct, Rues said.

She said she "could not comment further on where he may have posted information about the mass shooting or what was written."

All three were notified Fed. 22 of their indefinite removal from what their department called a "privileged program" and were ordered to surrender their SWAT-issued rifles, but they remain on active duty for their other assignments, Rues said.


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