Parkland shooter faces more charges after attacking officer in jail, cops say

Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz faces new charges after he attacked an officer at the Broward County Jail, officials said.

The Broward County Sheriff’s Office listed the new charges as aggravated assault on an officer, battery on an officer and use of an electric or chemical weapon against an officer. It wasn't immediately clear what the "electric or chemical weapon" may have referred to.

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The Broward County Sheriff's Office said in a statement to Fox News that Cruz attacked a detention deputy on Tuesday. The sheriff's office said it was still working on gathering details regarding the incident.

The affidavit stated that Sgt. Raymond Beltran told Cruz to stop dragging his sandals while walking. Cruz responded to the officer by "displaying his middle finger" to the detention deputy before rushing at him and striking him in the face.

"Beltran indicated that he and Cruz then got into a physical altercation that resulted in Beltran going to the ground and Cruz taking Beltran's conductive electronic weapon from him," the affidavit stated.

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Howard Finkelstein, the public defender of Broward County, told Fox News there will a first appearance hearing Wednesday afternoon.

“We do not know anything more than you do as of yet,” Finkelstein said in a statement. “There will be a first appearance hearing today at 1 p.m. and we will know more then.”

Cruz, 20, is currently awaiting trial for killing 17 people during a shooting spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day. He has offered to plead guilty if prosecutors don’t pursue the death penalty, but prosecutors have refused.

Fox News’ Robert Gearty contributed to this report.