Parkland shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz accused of attacking deputy in jail


    Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the Parkland school shooting faces new charges. (Broward County Sheriff's Office)

    The man charged with a school massacre in Parkland attacked a detention deputy in jail Tuesday night, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

    Nikolas Cruz, 20, now faces charges of aggravated assault on an officer, battery on an officer, and the use of electric or chemical weapon against a law enforcement officer.

    Cruz is due in court at 1 p.m.

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    According to an arrest affidavit, Cruz rushed the detention deputy and struck him in the face after the deputy asked him to stop dragging his sandals on the ground

    Cruz and the deputy then got into a physical altercation, during which Cruz took the deputy down and then grabbed his conductive electronic weapon, the report notes. The weapon discharged while the deputy tried to take it back from Cruz.

    Video surveillance of the incident showed Cruz striking the deputy multiple times on the head with his fist, the report adds. Cruz finally stopped his attack when the deputy hit him back.

    Cruz is accused of opening fire on students and staff at Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day, killing 17 people. The shooting led to statewide security changes at schools.


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