Deputy sheriff involved in shooting testifies in court

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Deputy Sheriff Jacob Whittle testified in court on Monday. He was involved in a shooting with Cruz Louis DeLeon on July 31, 2017.

In Monday’s motions hearing, the defense wanted a motion to suppress. The state argued there weren’t grounds for suppression.

Whittle testified that he was at a warrant call for 30-year-old Cassandra Quiver who he identified at the scene in Box Elder. She saw him and began to walk in the opposite direction of the sheriff deputy.

Whittle then claims he made his way toward the driveway of the home where he saw a silver van. In the van were DeLeon and a young child.

He asked DeLeon for a name and he responded with “Huh.” Whittle waited to see if he was simply pretending that he didn’t hear or understand. DeLeon then gave him a fake name and said he didn’t have identification on him.

Whittle became suspicious and asked him to step out of the vehicle. DeLeon refused and Whittle asked several more times.

Whittle testified that DeLeon pretended to get out of the car, then slammed the door and tried to drive away. The officer then opened the door and tried to pull the suspect out of the car. He failed to remove him from the car.

At that moment, Whittle claims that he saw DeLeon pull out a silver handgun from under the driver’s seat. He then decided to walk back in fear that his safety might be in danger.

DeLeon stepped out of the car, Whittle fired shots, and DeLeon fired back.

All of this was caught on the L3 camera system, also known as a dash camera.

Eventually, DeLeon obeyed the order to put his hands up and get on the ground. He was then taken into police custody.

The hearing concluded with the defense being granted 10 days to submit a brief. A status hearing was also set for Dec. 17 at 9:45 a.m.

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