23 February, 2018
Three months before accused Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at his former high school, he lived in a Lantana, Florida trailer park with his dead mother's best friend and his 17-year-old brother.
CNN has obtained records from the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office that detail deputies' interactions with Cruz in the home where he lived for a few weeks in November, before he moved in with another family, the Sneads, and months before the massacre.
It's the latest indication of how law enforcement encountered warning signs about Cruz's violent behavior before he attacked students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day. He then exchanged punches with Rock Deschamps, 22, who also lived in the trailer owned by his mother, after Deschamps tried to restrain him, according to WPTV.
Rocxanne Deschamps called 911 herself four days later.
A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office captain expressed concern about going to the home before the family knew of Cruz's involvement.
That time, a sheriff's deputy responded but Cruz, who was off his prescribed mood medication, apologized for losing his temper and made up with Deschamps' son.
Deschamps apparently patched up the dispute, telling deputies that Cruz was going through a lot with the death of his mother and that he did not want him to go to jail. The two young men hugged it out in front of deputies, and life in the Lantana trailer park returned to normal.
Cruz is now being held without bond on 17 counts of premeditated murder.
"(Cruz) bought a gun from Dick's last week and is now going to pick it up", Deschamps' mother told a 911 dispatcher, according to a log of the call contained in the report. Cruz was supposed to ask for permission to remove the guns from the safe and did so on a couple of occasions.
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Records show deputies responded to the Lantana trailer on November 24th after Rock Deschamps placed a 911 call to report a gun buried in the backyard. Here's this poor kid, and his mother dies, and not a soul shows up, ' Gold added.
Lynda Cruz, who adopted the biological Cruz brothers when Nikolas was two-years-old, and his younger brother was two-months-old, died November 1st from pneumonia. "There were no weapons allowed in the household", a filing stated.
When PBSO deputies arrived to check on the child, they were told to come back later. A deputy rushed Rock and his family out of the home, clearing the way for a bomb squad to arrive, according to a report. Cruz left the home. Deschamps filed the paperwork on February 15, one day after Cruz shot up his former high school.
It is not clear when Cruz left Lantana or why, but when Cruz left, his younger brother stayed with Deschamps in the Lantana trailer.
"We are never involved in probate matters", Finkelstein said. "She was like my mom".
"The Broward County Public Defender's Office shall not interfere with counsel's right to speak with Nikolas Cruz regarding this pending probate case", Greene ruled.
In Broward County, deputies went to the Cruz family home there nearly 40 times between 2010 and January 2017, CNN reported, citing public documents.
Deschamps admitted during an interview to taking in the Cruz brothers after their mother's death because of her relationship with Lynda.