A Rapid City man accused of shooting at a sheriff’s deputy during a fugitive search in July has been charged with multiple felonies, including attempted murder.
Cruz DeLeon, 21, was charged Wednesday with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer and committing a felony while carrying a firearm, according to Pennington County court records. The offenses each carry a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.
Authorities say DeLeon got into a confrontation with Pennington County Sheriff’s Deputy Jakob Whittle while the deputy was looking for a woman with an outstanding arrest warrant at a Box Elder home on July 31.
DeLeon, whom Whittle reported seeing sitting in a minivan outside the home at 701 Halsey Drive, apparently provided the deputy with a false name. After refusing to follow an order to get out of the vehicle, DeLeon pointed a gun at Whittle, according to the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office summary of the incident.
Whittle fired at DeLeon, wounding him in the right arm. DeLeon also shot at the deputy twice, the report states. DeLeon was treated at Rapid City Regional Hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening and is now detained at the Pennington County Jail.
Whittle wasn’t hurt in the incident and is back on duty. The attorney general’s office ruled the shooting as justified in a statement released on Aug. 28.
The woman whom Whittle had been looking for, Cassandra Quiver of Rapid City, was arrested on her drug warrant following the shooting. She is also detained at the county jail.
DeLeon was additionally charged with possession of a controlled substance after investigators said multiple drug paraphernalia were recovered from his minivan, including snort tubes with meth residue. The offense is punishable by up to five years in prison.
He is facing also a misdemeanor charge of impersonation to deceive law enforcement officer, which carries a penalty of up to a year in county jail.