Parkland Shooting Suspect Faces New Charges After Assaulting Prison Guard


The gunman accused of killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida is facing new charges after he allegedly assaulted a prison guard. According to Fox News, the now 20-year-old Nikolas Cruz was being escorted by Sgt. Raymond Beltran, who told him to stop dragging his sandals as he walked. The alleged shooter responded by flipping off the officer and then slapping him in the face. 

"Beltran indicated that he and Cruz then got into a physical altercation that resulted in Beltran going to the ground and Cruz taking Beltran's conductive electronic weapon from him," the affidavit stated.

Cruz continued to strike the officer until Beltran managed to regain control of his stun gun and used it to hit the accused school shooter. Eventually, Cruz stopped attacking Beltran and was detained. 

He was charged with three felony counts of aggravated assault on an officer, battery on an officer and use of an electric or chemical weapon against an officer. 

The officer sustained undisclosed injuries in the brawl, but officials did not release details about the extent of his injuries.


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