Kirsters Baish| The identity of the Broward County Deputy who gave the “stage” order which prevented police officers from entering Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on the day that Nikolas Cruz began to open fire on students and faculty. Captain Jan Jordan was the one who ordered officers to form a perimeter despite the fact that department policy allowed them to enter the school.
Fox News came out with the information on the Broward County Sheriff Captain who issued the “stage” and “perimeter” orders which prevented responding police officers from entering Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School while Cruz was inside, shooting unarmed students and faculty.
Law enforcement sources told Fox News that the person in charge of Broward County deputies on the scene was Captain Jan Jordan. Jordan instructed her fellow officers to stay outside of the school while the shooting was taking place, even though department policies clearly stated that officers are able to enter this kind of scene in order to neutralize the shooter.
A Broward County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson stated that “Captain Jordan asked if a perimeter had been established after the shooter left the building.” The spokesperson would not say whether Jordan had made the call because of knowledge of other law enforcement agencies on the scene or whether she made a huge mistake in assessing the situation. The spokesperson also didn’t say why Jordan “asked” for police officers to form a perimeter. Captain Jordan was the senior office on the scene, so if she requested information, it would be taken as an order.