Deputies search Palm Beach Co. home after brother of accused Parkland shooter arrested

No guns or ammunition reportedly found

A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office detective and a Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy searched the home where Zachary Cruz is expected to live if he’s able to post bond and be released from jail, court documents show.

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The law enforcement agents reported they did not find any firearms or ammunition at the suburban Lantana home of Rocxanne Dechamps, the legal guardian of the brother of the accused Parkland shooter.

A Broward County judge ordered the home to be searched as a condition of releasing Zachary Cruz on bond after he was arrested on March 19 for trespassing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Cruz’s brother, Nikolas, is accused of shooting and killing 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High on Feb. 14. 

Zachary Cruz was instructed to stay away from the school after he withdrew from 11th grade there in 2017, according to court records.

The judge set Cruz’s bond as $500,000 and ordered him to be on an ankle monitor, if released. The Broward Sheriff’s Office filed a “risk protection order” against him, prohibiting him from temporarily possessing or purchases firearms and ammunition.

According to the affidavit of surrender of firearms and ammunition under the risk protection order, the law enforcement officers searched the home on the 6400 block of Easter Cay Way on March 22. Dechamps’ son allowed the agents into the home voluntarily for the search to be conducted. 

Cruz remains in custody at the Broward County Jail.

A hearing for a judge to make a final decision on the risk protection order is scheduled for April 11.

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