Parkland School Shooter Attacks Corrections Officer With Electric Weapon
Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Broward Sheriff’s Office officials have confirmed that Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz attacked a detention deputy inside the county’s jail facility on Tuesday.
The detention officer was injured by the 20-year-old school shooter, but police have not yet elaborated on the extent of his injuries, WPTV reported.
Broward Detention Sergeant Raymond Beltran was guarding Cruz in the facility’s dayroom just before 6 p.m. on Nov. 13 when they got into a verbal disagreement, according to the Sun Sentinel.
Sgt. Beltran had told Cruz to stop dragging his sandals on the ground, and Cruz responded to the detention officer’s command with his middle finger, WTVJ reported.
The incident report said Sgt. Beltran stood up, and Cruz rushed him, according to the Sun Sentinel.
Cruz punched Sgt. Beltran with his left hand, and both men fell to the ground.
The report said they struggled until Cruz managed to get on top of Sgt. Beltran. Once there, he proceeded to punch the detention deputy in the face multiple times with his right hand, the Sun Sentinel reported.
At that point, another detention deputy saw what was happening in the dayroom and called for backup.
As Cruz continued to rain blows down on the sergeant’s face, he grabbed hold of the deputy’s "stun gun" and removed it from the holster, the Sun Sentinel reported.
The weapon went off as the two wrestled for control of the “conductive electrical weapon,” according to the incident report.
Surveillance video from within the jail showed Cruz struck Sgt. Beltran several more times in the face before the detention deputy was able to take the weapon away.
After the sergeant regained control of the weapon, he struck Cruz in the face while holding it, according to the Sun Sentinel.
The school shooter then got off Sgt. Beltran and took a seat in a chair in the dayroom, where Sgt. Beltran took him into custody a moment later.
Cruz was initially arrested on Feb. 14, shortly after he went on a murder spree inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Seventeen students and faculty were murdered, and another 17 were wounded in the massacre.
This latest incident occurred as Cruz remained behind bars awaiting trial on 34 charges for the Valentine’s Day school shootings, according to WPTV.
He pleaded not guilty to those murder and attempted-murder charges after prosecutors announced they would be seeking the death penalty against the former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, WTVJ reported.
Authorities said Cruz is facing several new felony charges as a result of his attack on Sgt. Beltran.
He has been charged with aggravated assault on an officer, battery on an officer, and using an electrical or chemical weapon against a law enforcement officer in connection with Tuesday’s incident inside the jail, WPTV reported.
Cruz’s newest arrest comes on the second day of meetings for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Commission in Sunrise, the group tasked with figuring out what led to the mass school shooting and whose negligence may have contributed to the death toll.
Broward School Superintendent Robert Runcie, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, and former Broward School Resource Officer Scot Peterson were all scheduled to speak to the members of the commission about the massacre at the Parkland high school, according to WPTV.
The commission was established by Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement after it was revealed that Broward deputies had not followed current active-shooter protocol on the day of the massacre, and waited outside the school buildings until after the gunfire had stopped.
The school superintendent is also on the hot seat as his administration failed to follow through on discipline for the future school shooter when Cruz first began getting into trouble, instead choosing to channel the troubled teen through the “PROMISE” program created to divert students from criminal prosecution.