Broward County, FL – The Broward Sheriff’s Office has released surveillance video of the Parkland school shooter attacking a Broward sheriff’s deputy in jail (video below).
Broward Detention Sergeant Raymond Beltran was guarding then-20-year-old Nikolas Cruz in the facility’s dayroom just before 6 p.m. on Nov. 13, 2018 when they got into a verbal disagreement, according to the Sun Sentinel.
Sgt. Beltran had told Cruz to stop dragging his sandals on the ground, and Cruz responded to the detention officer’s command with his middle finger, WTVJ reported.
The incident report said Sgt. Beltran stood up, and Cruz rushed him, according to the Sun Sentinel.
The newly released video showed an enraged Cruz lunging at the deputy and slamming him back against the wall.
Then Cruz punched Sgt. Beltran with his left hand, and the two men began grappling and fell to the ground.
The report said they struggled until Cruz managed to get on top of Sgt. Beltran. Once there, he proceeded to punch the detention deputy in the face multiple times with his right hand, the Sun Sentinel reported.
At that point, another detention deputy saw what was happening in the dayroom and called for backup, but the video showed that no one arrived in the dayroom to assist the deputy for more than 90 seconds.
As Cruz continued to rain blows down on the sergeant’s face, he grabbed hold of the deputy’s Taser and removed it from the holster, the Sun Sentinel reported.
The weapon went off as the two wrestled for control of the weapon, according to the incident report.
Surveillance video from within the jail showed Cruz struck Sgt. Beltran several more times in the face before the detention deputy was able to take the weapon away.
After the sergeant regained control of the weapon, he struck Cruz in the face while holding it, according to the Sun Sentinel.
The school shooter then got off Sgt. Beltran and took a seat in a chair in the dayroom.
The video showed Sgt. Beltran leveled the Taser at Cruz and ordered the man to the floor.
He put Cruz in handcuffs a moment later.
The sergeant was injured in the attack by Cruz, but Broward officials didn’t release any details about those injuries.
Cruz was initially arrested on Feb. 14, 2018 shortly after he went on a murder spree inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Seventeen students and faculty were murdered, and another 17 were wounded in the massacre.
The attack on the deputy in the Broward County detention facility occurred as Cruz remained behind bars awaiting trial on 34 charges for the Valentine’s Day school shootings, according to WPTV.
He pleaded not guilty to those murder and attempted-murder charges after prosecutors announced they would be seeking the death penalty against the former Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student, WTVJ reported.
Authorities said Cruz is facing several new felony charges as a result of his attack on Sgt. Beltran.
He was charged with aggravated assault on an officer, battery on an officer, and using an electrical or chemical weapon against a law enforcement officer in connection with the attack, WPTV reported.
Watch video of Cruz attacking the deputy here below: