The war on drugs....and live action role players.

Before we begin, Derek Cruice wasn't my best friend in the world. Hell, I hardly knew him outside of a few shoulder rubs and friends of friends. But I do know he wasn't particularly fond of firearms. He straight up did not like them. He preferred foam swords and cardboard armor sets. The dude was a full on nerd in every sense of the word. He loved video games and dungeons and dragons type shit. He was, maybe, 130lbs getting out of a pool or syrup. He was happy, generous, and had a bright outlook on life....until he was shot in the face by the Volusia County SWAT. They found 217 grams of pot, a scale, and a notebook. No weapons, no crack, heroin, meth, krokodil, whatever.

He was shot in the face for 217 grams of pot. He was shot in the face and killed on a drug raid that netted an amount of pot that weighs less than the contents of most peoples pockets(excluding pistols). -Kirby pop-




(CFNEWS13)DELTONA -- A www.mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/volusia.html deputy is under investigation after shooting an unarmed man in the face and killing him while trying to serve a narcotics search warrant at a home in Deltona.

Derek Cruice, 26, was inside a home on www.mynews13.com/maps.html?from=Maybrook%20Dr%20and%20Jutlan;amp;to=Maybrook%20Dr%20and%20Westline%20Ave,%20Deltona,%20FL, when a narcotics task force showed up with a warrant around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The sheriff's office said Todd Raible, a SWAT team member who was working as a narcotics investigator, fired his weapon at Cruice after his actions caused the deputy to perceive a threat.

According to Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson, Cruice was one of six adults — four men and two women — inside the home at the time.

Cruice was taken to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial, in Orange City, where he was pronounced dead.

"They were met with resistance and a shooting incurred," Johnson said.


Some of the other people inside the home contradicted Johnson's account that task force members were met with resistance. Matthew Grady, 24, said he opened the door for deputies when the shooting happened. He claimed there was never any resistance.

"There's a couple of seconds between opening the door, walking out, getting to my knee, and halfway out there's gunfire," Grady said. "I look back as the guy's grabbing me, and my friend is dead or dying."


When asked if Cruice met resistance, Grady replied: "No."

The men who were inside the house said there were no firearms or narcotics. Deputies later confirmed Cruice was not armed during the incident.

The sheriff's office said investigators recovered approximately 217 grams of marijuana during a search of the house, along with a scale, drug ledger, pipes, plastic bags and nearly $3,000 in cash.


Raible, 36, was placed on paid administrative leave, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has taken over the investigation into the shooting.

The sheriff's office will, however, continue its narcotics investigation.

Raible was hired by the sheriff's office in March 2005.







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A Volusia County Sheriff's deputy shot an unarmed man in the face while serving a drug warrant on Wednesday.

Deputies say Derek Cruice, 26, resisted arrest during the incident at his Deltona, Florida home. Cruice's friends, six of whom were at the house when a SWAT team entered, called the fatal shooting "murder."

At 6:32 a.m., Deputy Todd Raible, 36, www.wftv.com/news/news/local/officials-man-shot-face-while-d, hitting Cruice in the face as he stood inside the doorway, police told WFTV.

Cruice was pronounced dead a short time later at an area hospital.

"They were met with resistance and a shooting incurred," Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson told My News 13.

The sheriff's department www.mynews13.com/content/news/cfnews13/news/article.html/con at the time.

One of the men inside the home, 24-year-old Matthew Grady, contradicted deputies' claims that Cruice had resisted arrest.

"There's a couple of seconds between opening the door, walking out, getting to my knee and halfway out there's gunfire," Grady told My News 13. "I look back as the guy's grabbing me, and my friend is dead or dying."

When asked if Cruice resisted, Grady said: "No."

Roommate Steven Cochran said Cruice wasn't wearing a shirt at the time of the shooting, and didn't pose a threat of carrying a concealed weapon.

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

Raible, a SWAT team member and narcotics investigator with the department for 10 years, reportedly has a clean record. He was placed on administrative leave, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has taken over the investigation. Raible wasn't injured in the incident, https://twitter.com/VolusiaSheriff/status/573110522876452864.

The sheriff's office allegedly recovered 217 grams of marijuana at the home, along with a scale, pipes, plastic bags and about $3,000 in cash.

Cruice had previously been arrested on misdemeanor drug charges in the past, but was never convicted, WFTV reported.