Police Shoot Unarmed Man During Drug Raid

The shooting happened while deputies served a search warrant for drugs in Deltona, authorities said.

Deputies said they were serving the warrant in a home on Maybrook Drive when Derek Cruice, 26, advanced on a member of the SWAT team who was entering the residence.

“The search warrant was a narcotics search warrant. It’s been an ongoing narcotic investigation,” said Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson.

At 6:32 a.m., Deputy Todd Raible, 36, opened fire one time, shooting Cruice in the face while he was inside the doorway of the home, authorities said. He was pronounced dead a short time later at an Orange City hospital.

Authorities said there were several people inside the home at the time of the incident, but Cruice was the one they were after.

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