Nikolas Cruz started hyperventilating and vomited “clear fluid” as a witness prepared to identify him as the Parkland school shooter, according to the officer who arrested him about an hour after the grisly massacre.
Cruz, who is now facing charges of premeditated and attempted murder, slipped away from the hectic scene at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in the Feb. 14 shooting.
Cruz opened fire at the Florida high school at 2:21 p.m. before he ran out of the building, blending in with other students fleeing the scene, according to Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.
The suspect headed to a nearby Walmart and McDonald’s before Leonard found him walking in Coral Springs at around 3:36 p.m., according to the newly released report.
“Given the magnitude of this crime and not knowing if the subject was still armed, I began to give the subject loud verbal commands,” Leonard wrote.
Cruz followed the officer’s orders to lie face down and appeared calm while Leonard called for backup.
When the second officer turned up, the cops handcuffed the teen while they waited for a witness to arrive at the scene.
At one point, Cruz said he had trouble hearing — a possible symptom from the torrent of gunshots he unleashed, according to the report.
When he appeared antsy, Leonard calmed him down by saying “he was going to be fine.”
When a Stoneman Douglas employee turned up to confirm he saw Cruz entering the school that day, the suspect began hyperventilating, the report stated.
The officers called paramedics, and Cruz was taken to a hospital before he was sent to jail.
Cruz, who is charged with killing 17 and wounding 17 other victims, faces the death penalty if he is convicted.
While public defenders are seeking a plea deal, Assistant State Attorney Shari Tate said prosecutors won’t let that happen.
“The state of Florida is not allowing Mr. Cruz to choose his own punishment for the murder of 17 people,” she said earlier this week.