Parkland Shooter Reportedly Assaults Prison Guard
Nikolas Cruz is facing new charges after attacking a jail guard (Nov. 13), CNN reports. The Parkland shooter allegedly assaulted Sgt. Raymond Beltran of the Broward County Sheriff's Office, tackling the official to the ground and repeatedly punched him.
The 90-second altercation began in a dayroom after Beltran requested the 20-year-old refrain from dragging his sandals on the ground. In acknowledgment of the request, Cruz reportedly stuck up his middle finger and charged toward the security official. After overpowering him, Cruz attempted to obtain the guard's stun gun. The two men then began to wrestle for control of the weapon until the Broward Country officer regained power, according to an arrest report, CNN states.
Per the jail records, Cruz has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault on an officer and one count of the use of an "electric or chemical weapon against a law enforcement officer." No formal sentencing has taken place at this time.
However, Cruz is currently facing 17 consecutive murder charges after facilitating a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14.