(SD)-Pennington County Sheriff's Deputy Cleared In Shooting
RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says a Pennington County Sheriff's deputy was justified in wounding a Box Elder man while trying to serve an arrest warrant on July 31st.
Jackley says a review of the incident by the state Division of Criminal Investigation shows Deputy Jakob Whittle was correct in using deadly force against 21-year old Cruz DeLeon. Whittle was placed on administrative leave after the shooting, as per agency policy.
Whittle was serving a warrant on 30-year old Cassandra Quiver at a Box Elder residence when he saw DeLeon, who had outstanding warrants of his own, sitting in a mini-van in the driveway.
DeLeon gave him a false name, started the vehicle, and slapped Whittle's hand away from the door handle. Whittle said DeLeon then grabbed a revolver from under the seat and pointed it him. Whittle said he backed away, then fired two shots...hitting DeLeon in the right forearm.
DeLeon also fired twice, but missed. Deputy Whittle said DeLeon jumped out of the van as it rolled forward, but that he was able to subdue him before recovering DeLeon's gun from the van after it came to rest against a fence.
DeLeon was treated at Rapid City Regional Hospital, then arrested on a bond revocation for possession of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm as well as the outstanding warrants.
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