Man sentenced to 50 years in prison for firing gun at South Dakota deputy

December 3, 2020

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A Rapid City man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for shooting at a Pennington County sheriff’s deputy in an exchange of gunfire in 2017.

Cruz DeLeon earlier pleaded guilty to attempted murder and committing a felony while armed with a gun.

Deputy Jakob Whittle was at a Box Elder home to serve a warrant when he approached DeLeon who was sitting in a car.

Prosecutors say DeLeon refused Whittle’s commands to get out of the vehicle and then pointed a gun at him.

Whittle stepped back and fired twice, hitting DeLeon once in the arm.

DeLeon also fired two rounds but did not hit Whittle.