Cocoa man in car with 2 teens fatally shot by deputy says ‘I think about it every day’

Survivor says they couldn’t heard deputy’s commands

Jaquan Kimbrough-Rucker, 20, talks about the shooting deaths of his two friends in Novemeber 2020 by a sheriff's deputy in the car he was in.
Jaquan Kimbrough-Rucker, 20, talks about the shooting deaths of his two friends in Novemeber 2020 by a sheriff's deputy in the car he was in. (Tim Shortt, Florida Today)

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. – It was a moment that seemed frozen, stuck in time, and one that Jaquan Kimbrough-Rucker just can’t shake.

He and his friends Angelo “A.J.” Crooms, 16, and Sincere Pierce, 18, were in a gray sedan, bumping melodic trap music by Taleban Dooda on a warm November morning, News 6 partner Florida Today reports.

“We was going to hang out and smoke. It was the day before my birthday,” Kimbrough-Rucker said.

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But in those few seconds, the three stared in shock past the windshield, the 20-year-old recalled, as a Brevard County sheriff’s deputy stepped forward, taking aim with his gun drawn, shouting something.

“The music was up. We couldn’t hear what the officers were saying. He was yelling at us but we couldn’t tell what he was saying,” Kimbrough-Rucker said.

“I was in the car and just watched it all play out. Everything. And I think about it every day, I dream about it,” he said, overcome with emotion.

It was about 10:30 a.m. Nov. 13, 2020.