FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. – Florida schoolboy suspect Nikolas Cruz attacked a prison officer at the county prison and is now…
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. – Florida schoolboy suspect Nikolas Cruz attacked a prison officer at the county prison and is now faced with new charges, including the use of the officer’s electric stun device, the authorities said on Wednesday.
Broward Sheriff Office spokesman Veda Coleman-Just confirmed in an email Wednesday that Cruz attacked Sgt. Raymond Beltran around 6 o’clock on Tuesday.
The imprisonment of Cruz is now loaded with aggravated attacks on an officer, an officer’s battery and the use of an “electric or chemical weapon against an officer”.
The 20-year-old Cruz is already facing a death penalty in February 1
4, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, killing 17 people and injuring 17 others. He did not accuse himself of the shooter, but his lawyers say he should prosecute guilty of a prison sentence.
According to the assassination report, Cruz Beltran attacked after he was told that he did not “drag his sandals around” while walking in a prison living room. Cruz responded, telling the report, by showing Beltran his long finger and then rushing the deputy and knocking him down.
The report says that Cruz and Beltran then “got into a physical injury” where both wound on the floor and Cruz could break control of the stun gun, technically called a “promotion electronic weapon”. The gun was released, but it is not clear in the report if it hit someone and Beltran could regain control.
Beltran was also fought by Cruz several times, according to video surveillance quoted by the quote.
Finally, the report tells that Beltran beat Cruz on his face with a fist that contained the stun gun and Cruz “returned to one of the places” in the dayroom before being taken in custody.
The report does not mention the severity of possible damage to either Cruz or Beltran.
An initial hearing of abuse charges will be set for Wednesday afternoon. Cruz’s lawyers did not have any immediate comment on the alleged attack.
“We do not know more than you do,” said Broward County Public Defender Howard Finkelstein in an email.