The Broward County Sheriff’s office insists it received 23 calls for service regarding Parkland, Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz and his family — but according to records obtained by CNN, the law enforcement agency received at least 45.
The CNN report comes as the sheriff faces mounting scrutiny over his office’s handling of 19-year-old Cruz, who despite authorities being warned about multiple times, amassed a stockpile of weapons and opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, killing 17.
Per CNN, the sheriff’s office has not responded to multiple requests to explain the discrepancy.
Sheriff Scott Israel, who participated in CNN’s town hall on gun violence in the wake of the massacre, said in a press conference the following day that his office “has been involved in 23 type calls involving the killer in some way, shape or form — or his brother.”
In a statement released a day after that, his office reiterated that it “responded to 23 incidents where previous contact was made with the killer or his family.”
“STOP REPORTING 39; IT’S SIMPLY NOT TRUE,” the statement added.
But CNN reported that “call logs from the law enforcement agency’s ‘computer aided dispatch’ system” show “the Broward County Sheriff’s Office actually received 45 calls in the past decade related to the Cruz home, Nikolas Cruz or his brother — even more than previously thought.”
The descriptions include mentions of a “mentally ill person,” “child/elderly abuse,” “domestic disturbance,” “missing person,” and more. The vast majority of the calls resulted in “no written report.”
A CNN review of the records shows that at least 19 calls relate to Nikolas Cruz, starting when he was as young as 9 years old. An additional 25 calls regarded only his younger brother, Zachary, for behavior ranging from running away to hitting his mother.
Read the report here, and watch Israel’s interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper above.
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