Officials wanted Nikolas Cruz forcibly committed in 2016

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The Newnan Times-Herald

Zachary Cruz, 18, was arrested at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and charged with trespassing on school grounds, a Broward Sheriff's Office report said.

New details are emerging about the Florida school shooting suspect, as some school officials and a sheriff's deputy wanted Nicolas Cruz to be involuntarily committed for a mental evaluation in 2016 under Florida's Baker Act.

That would have made it more hard for Cruz to obtain a gun legally.

It was previously reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation received, but did not act on, tips about Cruz's potential of becoming a school shooter, including one just a month before the 19-year-old killed 17 people at the school from which he was expelled.

This is a developing story.

Authorities say Cruz used a legally obtained assault rifle to kill 17 people at the school.

At the current time, Cruz has no ties to Broward County.

Cruz could have forcibly been committed for mental evaluation under Florida's Baker Act.

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The local sheriff announced that the teenager had died from the injuries in a Memphis hospital. The 13-year-old was shot in the back of her head and rushed to hospital in Mississippi .

There is no evidence Cruz was ever committed. That law allows for involuntary commitment for mental health examination for at least three days. Cruz admitted he did so over his failed relationship, according to documents.

The sheriff's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether Zachary Cruz had legal representation.

The documents, provided by mental health facility Henderson Behavioral Health, reportedly described disturbing examples of Cruz's behavior, such as cutting his arm after breaking up with his girlfriend, telling a classmate that he wanted to buy a gun and use it, and telling another that he threw up after drinking gasoline.

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 cut because he was lonely, states that he had broken up with his girlfriend and reports that his grades had fallen.

Prosecutors announced in court filings that they will seek the death penalty.

He also told the clinician he owned only a pellet gun and was not capable of doing "serious harm" to anyone. 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.

It's not clear from the documents who the recommendation was forwarded to or why it was not followed up.

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