Some wanted Florida suspect committed in 2016
MIAMI - Officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month's Florida school massacre that they decided to have him forcibly committed more than a year before the shootings.
But the recommendation was never acted upon.
Documents in the criminal case against Nikolas Cruz show the school officials at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and a sheriff's deputy recommended in September 2016 that Cruz be involuntarily committed for mental evaluation under Florida's Baker Act for at least three days.
A commitment under the law would have made it more difficult if not impossible for Cruz to obtain a gun legally.
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