Host Family Called Deputies on Alleged Florida Shooter Because He Made Threats

Wendy Jensen
February 23, 2018

JT Snead, the kid who befriended Cruz and asked his parents to take him in, was potentially the last person to speak with Cruz before he opened fire. Rock Deschamps told law enforcement "there were no weapons allowed in the household", the report said.

Deschamps told deputies that he didn't want Cruz to go to jail because he "has been going through a lot with his loss" and signed a refusal to prosecute form.

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.

In an interview a day after the shooting, Deschamps explained her relationship with the Cruz family.

The information may provide more insight into the mind of the 19-year-old man charged with 17 counts of murder after he allegedly took his AR-15 to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day.

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Four days before Cruz misplaced his mother's photograph, Deschamps called 911 while Cruz was at work.

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Cruz confessed to fatally shooting 14 students and three teachers with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle he had purchased a year ago.

When Palm Beach Sheriff's Office deputies arrived, they found Cruz sitting in the neighborhood park. Deschamps had been caring for the boys in Lantana, FL until a reported argument with Nikolas over keeping a firearm in the house led to him leaving and crashing at a friend's house.

Finkelstein has previously said he is willing to have Cruz plead guilty in the mass shooting if prosecutors agree not to pursue the death penalty in the multiple murder case.

Records reveal that in September 2016, a case was filed with the DCF when Cruz's caretaker and adoptive mother, Lynda Cruz, was accused of abuse.

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There is no reference to guns in the offense report, but the dispatch log indicates that Cruz told deputies there were guns inside the home.

"It will be up to the court", Finkelstein said of whether his office will continue to represent Cruz, depending on the outcome of the probate court issue. Deschamps filed the paperwork on February 15, one day after Cruz shot up his former high school.

Alternatively, Cruz's public defenders could charge him for reimbursement whenever he "comes into money", even if the case is over by that point, retired Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Scott Silverman told the Herald. All we can say for certain is that because the tip wasn't passed on, there was no FBI investigation and no chance for anyone to connected the dots in time.

She settled in 2008, and a court-appointed attorney recommended that the couple's two adoptive children, Nikolas and Zachary Cruz, receive $175,000 to be kept in a trust fund until adulthood, according to the Herald.

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