APNewsBreak: Some wanted Florida suspect committed in 2016
- Author: Delores Daniels Mar 20, 2018,
Mar 20, 2018, 3:20
Documents do not show that Cruz was ever committed, nor is it known why Peterson did not act on his own recommendation.
Peterson, a resource officer, resigned from the sheriff's department after it was revealed he stood outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and did nothing to stop when Cruz killed 17 people on February 14.
That would have made it more hard for Cruz to obtain a gun legally.
The documents, which are part of Cruz's criminal case in the shooting, show that he had written the word "kill" in a notebook, told a classmate that he wanted to buy a gun and use it, and had cut his arm supposedly in anger because he had broken up with a girlfriend.
This is a developing story.
There is no evidence to suggest the teen was ever taken into the care of mental health professionals, however, reports from AP suggest that if such action had been taken, Cruz may have been prevented from buying a firearm such as the AR-15 rifle that was used on the school shooting. 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.
He has no ties to Broward County, the arrest report said.
Under Florida's Baker Act, involuntary commitment of a person may be initiated by an official, including a judge, mental health physician or law enforcement officer, such as Peterson.
Investigators are still working to determine how Cruz was able to legally purchase an AR-15 rifle a year ago, despite numerous red flags.
Zachary Cruz, 18, faces a charge of trespassing on the Parkland campus.
The records are from Henderson Behavioral Health, a local clinic that school officials called for help dealing with Mr. Cruz. The push to have Cruz committed is new but the documents the AP has seen don't explain why the commitment never happened. The alleged trespassing was captured on CCTV, the report states.
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. "(Cruz) states that he is better now, reports that he is no longer lonely and states that his grades have gone back up".
Again, very little was done.