Defense reviewing new evidence in Pennington County deputy shooting

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The latest on court proceedings for a man charged in the shooting of a Pennington County Sheriff's Deputy. CRIME DETAILS

March 5, 2018

Lawyers for Cruz DeLeon, 21, say they have new evidence and need more time before going to trial.

DeLeon will be back in court on March 19.


Oct. 2, 2017

A man charged in an officer-involved shooting from July appeared in court for an arraignment on Monday.

Law enforcement says Cruz DeLeon, 21, fired twice at a Pennington County sheriff’s deputy on July 31 outside of a Box Elder residence.

Deputy Jakob Whittle went to the home for a report of an individual with an outstanding warrant. DeLeon was seen sitting in a minivan outside of the home. Law enforcement says he was asked to step outside of the vehicle but refused, firing two shots at the deputy. Whittle fired back, striking DeLeon in the arm.

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The purpose of an arraignment is to provide the accused with the crime in which they are being charged.

DeLeon is being charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, committing a felony while carrying a firearm, possession of controlled substance and a misdemeanor of impersonation.

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A status hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 23.

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