Parkland Counselors, Deputy Wanted Nikolas Cruz Committed in 2016

Counselors deputy wanted Nikolas Cruz institutionalized long before Florida school massacre

The brother of Nikolas Cruz, charged with killing 17 students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day, was charged with trespassing at the school.

More than a year before Nikolas Cruz allegedly went on a shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that resulted in 17 deaths, school officials and a sheriff's deputy had recommended he be involuntarily committed for mental evaluation, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press.

If Cruz had been committed under the Baker Act, it would have made it hard for him to buy a gun legally.

This is a developing story. Within days of the February 14 massacre, the Federal Bureau of Investigation admitted it had failed to act on a public tip in January, in which a caller warned Cruz had a "desire to kill people". Clinicians had repeatedly concluded that the Baker Act would not justify committing Mr. Cruz because he denied having an intent or a plan to hurt himself or others. Surveillance video showed that the deputy remained outside the freshman building during the shooting and did not try to confront Mr. Cruz, in apparent violation of the Broward County Sheriff's Office policy for dealing with active shooters. The Baker Act gave Peterson the authority to give such recommendation.

There is no evidence Cruz was ever committed.

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An involuntary commitment for a mental health examination, as was recommended, could act as a complete barrier towards buying a gun.

This photo provided by the Broward County Jail shows Nicolas Cruz. The push to have Cruz committed is new but the documents the AP has seen don't explain why the commitment never happened.

A Broward County grand jury indicted the 19-year-old gunman on 17 counts of premeditated murder in the first degree and 17 counts of attempted murder in the first degree.

The records are from Henderson Behavioral Health, a local clinic that school officials called for help dealing with Mr. Cruz. The alleged trespassing was captured on CCTV, the report states.

Prosecutors announced in court filings that they will seek the death penalty. He resided in the Lantana, Florida-area, which is about 40 miles north of Parkland in Palm Beach County, along with his brother and a family friend, Rocxanne Deschamps.

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