Shocking video shows Parkland shooter circling and then attacking a prison guard behind bars after he was told not to drag his heels
- A video revealing the confessed gunman from the deadly 2018 shootings at a high school in Parkland, Florida, acting bizarrely and brawling
- The footage from 2018 shows Nikolas Jacob Cruz, now 21, circling tables in a common area at a jail in Broward County, while being watched by an officer
- The deputy orders Cruz to stop dragging his feet, to which he responds with a finger gesture and then charges the deputy
- A violent brawl ensues and at one point Cruz grabs the officer’s taser, which goes off without affecting him or the deputy
- The officer gets the taser back, while Cruz breaks away. He goes off camera for a short while, returns and then surrenders peacefully
- Cruz is charged with killing 17 people and wounding 17 others in the shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018
New video footage reveals the confessed gunman from the deadly 2018 shootings at a high school in Parkland, Florida, displaying bizarre behavior before brawling with a prison guard at a jail in Broward County.
The footage from 2018 shows Nikolas Jacob Cruz, now 21, circling tables in a common area at the jail while being watched by a sheriff’s deputy.
No audio is included in the footage, obtained by WSVN.
New video footage reveals Nikolas Jacob Cruz, the confessed gunman from the deadly 2018 shootings at a high school in Parkland, Florida, displaying bizarre behavior before brawling with a prison guard at a jail in Broward County
The video footage reveals Cruz just moments after entering a common area at the jail
A guard is seen seated in rear of the common area, against a staircase, after Cruz walks in
Words appear to be exchanged between Cruz and the guard. The video does not include audio
Cruz is seen in the footage responding to the deputy with a hand gesture
Cruz is seen in the footage charging the deputy
Cruz and the deputy are seen grabbing each other in the footage
A brawl erupts between Cruz and the deputy, the footage shows
The deputy is seen pushing Cruz up against a pillar in the footage
The footage shows Cruz and the deputy take their fight to the floor
The deputy and Cruz begin wrestling in the footage
The deputy is seen in the footage struggling to get control of Cruz
The deputy starts to get control of Cruz in the footage
At one point, Cruz grabs the deputy’s taser and it goes off. Neither Cruz or the officer was affected, and the deputy was able to get the taser back while continuing in the struggle
The deputy orders Cruz to stop dragging his feet, to which he responds with a finger gesture and then charges the deputy, reports WSVN, which obtained the footage.
A violent brawl ensues and at one point the officer’s taser is discharged, missing both men as they fought.
Cruz finally breaks away, sits and then surrenders. The fight lasted a minute.
An expert observing the footage confirmed Cruz, who has behavioral issues, was displaying signs of obsessiveness and anger before the melee.
Cruz, 21, faces 17 counts of first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder in the Valentine’s Day 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
He is expected to stand a death penalty trial, which has been pushed back until at least the summer.
A Broward County judge in December granted a defense request to delay the case, which originally as scheduled to start January 27.
Cruz is seen in the footage going off-camera to sit, but returns and surrenders
The officer is seen in the footage handcuffing Cruz
The footage ends with the officer escorting Cruz out of the common area
A specific date has not been set, but Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer warned Cruz’s lawyers. He is being represented by the Broward Public Defender’s Office.
Delays in murder cases are typical and can sometimes drag on for years, since defense lawyers have to track down and interview witnesses.