Two SWAT officers suspended for rushing to assist at Fla. mass killing scene without permission

Two SWAT team members were arrested after showing up to assist at the Parkland, Florida school shooting without permission. (Getty Images)

Sarah Taylor

Two SWAT officers were suspended as a result of what many would call heroic actions in responding to February’s mass killing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

What are the details?

The Sun-Sentinel reported Wednesday that Detective Jeffrey Gilbert and Detective Carl Schlosser, both Miramar SWAT officers, received the suspensions for heading to the scene of the crime without permission.

The outlet reported that the two officers who left their posts created an “officer safety issue.”

According to the Sun-Sentinel, one of the officers told his superiors that he was in the Coral Springs area when the mass murder occurred. Police spokeswoman Tania Rues said that it remains unclear where the second officer came from, but added that both officers were close to the school.

The outlet reported that the Miramar Police Department placed the SWAT team on stand-by after the news of the mass killing broke, should the Broward Sheriff’s Office require assistance.

According to Rues, the SWAT team was never called, and the Broward Sheriff’s Office told the Sun-Sentinel that the presence of the SWAT team was not required.

The Miami Herald reported that Capt. Kevin Nosowicz wrote in a February memo, “Effective immediately you have been suspended from the SWAT Team until further notice. Please make arrangements with the training department to turn in your SWAT-issued rifle.”

The memo also noted that the officers acted “without the knowledge or authorization from your chain of command” and created a safety situation “due to dispatch not knowing your location or activity.”

Any other relevant information?

Broward County Police Benevolent Association President Jeff Marano said that he believed the officers’ actions were “heroic.”

“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,” Marano said.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office has been under fire in recent weeks after reports emerged revealing that it’s first responders did not enter the school during the mass killing and, instead, remained outside the building.