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Florida Deputy Fatally Shoots Unarmed Man In Face (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Derek Cruice was fatally shot in the face by a Volusia County Sheriff's deputy this morning in Deltona, Florida.

The Volusia County Sheriff's office claims that Cruice advanced on Deputy Todd Raible, who was part of a SWAT team serving a search warrant for drugs.

Deputy Raible reportedly shot Cruice in the face while the unarmed 26 year old was standing in a hallway inside the home, reports WFTV.

Cruice, who was not wearing a shirt, was taken to a local hospital where he died.

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

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However, Matthew Grady claimed that he opened the door of the home for deputies and there was no resistance.

"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."

"There was no advancement, there was no reaching for anything, the guy was wearing basketball shorts like I am, you know," an unidentified witness told WESH (video below).

"They entered the house and fired immediately," the witness added. "There's no weapons in the house. They came in with a certain intent and purpose and they met their goal."

The Volusia County Sheriff's office claimed that 217 grams of marijuana, a scale, drug ledger, plastic bags, pipes and $3,000 were found in the home.

No firearms were found on Duice or anyone else.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the shooting.

Sources: My News 13, WFTV, WESH
Image Credit: WESH Screenshot