Derek Cruice: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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A Florida sheriff’s deputy fatally shot an unarmed man during a marijuana raid Wednesday morning in Deltona, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Derek Cruice, 26, was shot in the face and later died at a local hospital, police said. He was one of six people inside the house that was a target of the raid.

Here’s what you need to know about Cruice:


1. Police Claim He Advanced on the Deputy

Deputies entered Cruice’s house at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. Police said Cruice “advanced” on the deputy, and the deputy fired one shot, hitting Cruice in the face.

“Cruice’s actions caused the deputy to perceive a threat,” the sheriff’s department said in a statement. “It has since been determined that Cruice wasn’t armed.”

No weapons were found in the home, the sheriff’s office said. There were no arrests made Wednesday.

Cruice was taken to Florida Fish Memorial Hospital in Orange City as a trauma alert, but later died. There were five other adults in the home at the time of the shooting, three men and two women, police said. They were not injured.

None of the officers were injured.


2. His Friends Are Calling the Shooting ‘Murder’

Volusia County sheriff's deputy shoots, kills man while serving warrantA Volusia County sheriff's SWAT team member shot a man in the face and killed him Wednesday morning while serving a search warrant in Deltona as part of an ongoing drug investigation, according to officials. The shooting took place around 6:30 a.m. at a home in the 800 block of Maybrook Drive. According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, deputies were serving a narcotics warrant when someone in the house "advanced on a member of the SWAT team who was entering the residence." Deputy Todd Raible, who is on the SWAT team fired one shot, hitting 26-year-old Derek Cruice in the face just inside the doorway of the home, officials said. "We were shocked, I mean when we came out and saw all the cops and everything," said Juan Romero, who lives across the street from the home. Cruice was taken by ambulance to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City as a trauma alert patient, deputies said. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Friends left flowers and paid respects to Cruice. Cruice was arrested back in 2009 for drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis, but nothing since then. It's not known if Cruice had a weapon. Others inside the home — three men and two women — were not injured. "Bunch of guys came around the corner and they're pushing me down," said Matthew Grady. "There's a couple seconds between opening the door, walking out, closing the door, getting to my knee. Then about half way to my knee there's gunfire." "He really liked video games. He was into that nerdy stuff. He was a really nice guy. He really was," said Thomas Figueroa, a friend and coworker of Cruice. "At this time, we don't know who are suspects and who may be witnesses," Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson said. "So everybody from the house was removed to be interviewed. The house has been emptied so the house can stay in the shape it was for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to conduct their investigation." "I hope they found what they were looking for because the only thing that came out of this was murder and a dead guy," said Grady. "As soon as the gunshot happened, I froze," said Steve. "Nobody resisted. There was no weapons. Nobody was making any kind of resistance or trying to keep anybody from doing their job." "They were met with resistance and a shooting occurred," Johnson said. No deputies were hurt in the incident. "(Raible) is all right. Naturally, (though, he's) very shaken, and he will be interviewed," Johnson said. Raible, 36, was hired by the Sheriff's Office in March 2005. He has been temporarily placed on administrative leave, which is customary in officer-involved shootings. Stay with Local 6 News and ClickOrlando.com for more on this story. teknomagicc.blogspot.com2015-03-05T18:07:03.000Z

Cruice’s friends told local reporters that he was not a threat to the officer and was not armed, calling the shooting “murder.” One friend, Steve Cochran, told WFTV that Cruice was, like him, wearing only basketball shorts at the time of the raid:

It’s kind of hard to conceal anything or hide anything when this is all you have on. They entered the house and fired.


3. He Was Shot By Deputy Todd Raible

Raible has been placed on administrative leave, as is customary in officer-involved shootings and the incident will be investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the sheriff’s office said.

Raible, 36, is a 10-year veteran of the sheriff’s department. Sheriff Ben Johnson said Raible was “shaken” by the shooting, according to WKMG-TV.

According to the sheriff’s press release, Raible is not a regular member of the SWAT team, but was there in his capacity as a narcotics investigator.


4. He Was the Target of the Raid

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Police told WFTV that Cruice was the target of the narcotics investigation that led to the raid.

Cruice was arrested in 2009 on possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia charges, according to arrest records.

The narcotics investigation is continuing. The deputies found marijuana, paraphernalia, a scale, a drug ledger, plastic bags and $3,000 in cash, police said. No other drugs were found.


5. He Was a Dagorhir Foam Fighter

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Cruice played in Dagorhir battle games, according to posts on his Facebook page. Dagorhir is a roleplaying game that involves foam weapons, combining history and fantasy, according to the game’s website.

“He really liked video games. He was into that nerdy stuff. He was a really nice guy. He really was,” Thomas Figueroa, a friend and coworker of Cruice told WKMG.


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