Nikolas Cruz Attacks Detention Officer Inside Broward Jail

Parkland school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz is charged with attacking a detention officer on Tuesday inside the Broward County Jail in Fort Lauderdale, Broward Sheriff's officers confirmed on Wednesday. 

According to the Public Defender’s Office, Cruz now faces charges of aggravated assault, battery on an officer and the use of an electric or chemical weapon against an officer.

An arrest report says an officer asked Cruz to stop dragging his sandals across the floor as he was walking around. Cruz allegedly responded by giving the officer the middle finger. 

The officer suggests that as he began to stand up, Cruz attacked him, striking him in the head and the face. The physical altercation allegedly sent the officer to the ground, as well as Cruz taking the officer's conductive electric device. 

The weapon reportedly discharged as the officer tried to regain control of it.

The severity of the deputy's injuries weren't initially released.

According to police, Cruz entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where he was once a student, and opened fire on February 14th, killing 14 students and three staff members before being arrested shortly after. 

He entered a plea of not guilty after prosecutors announced they would seek the death penalty in the case.

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