Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz allegedly attacked a prison guard on Tuesday and is facing new felony charges as a result.
According to the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Cruz attacked a Broward Sheriff’s Office detention deputy at the BSO Main Jail in Ft. Lauderdale.
In the report, Sgt. Beltran allegedly told Cruz not to drag his sandals on the floor as Cruz walked around. Beltran says Cruz responded by giving him the middle finger. Beltran then stood up when he claims Cruz rushed him and struck him in the face.
A fight ensued and the two ended up on the ground. Beltran claims Cruz punched him several times and grabbed his “conductive electronic weapon” during the scuffle, which discharged when Beltran tried to grab it back.
Beltran was able to land a punch and Cruz backed away and was then taken into custody.
Cruz has since been charged with aggravated assault on an officer, battery, and use of an electric or chemical weapon against a law enforcement officer. All three charges are felonies.
Cruz is awaiting trial for allegedly killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14. He faces the death penalty if convicted.