John Alfonso Cruz, Jr., DOB: 10-20-78, appeared today in Jefferson County District Court where he was sentenced to 38 years in prison for shooting at police officers and neighboring houses during a SWAT barricade incident in Edgewater.
On July 12, 2019 Edgewater police were called on a report of shots fired. They identified that the shots were coming from 2571 Fenton. They attempted to contact Mr. Cruz, who was inside house, but they were unsuccessful. They were able to evacuate John Cruz, Sr. and his wife from the residence. From Mr. Cruz, Sr. they learned that his son, John Cruz, Jr. was inside the house, had multiple weapons, and “may be on meth”. Police evacuated residents in a 1/2 mile radius. SWAT was called in and over the next 17 hours, shots were exchanged during the standoff as officers made repeated attempts to contact Mr. Cruz, Jr., ordering him to come out of the house. Seven law enforcement agencies were called in to assist.
During the search of the house following the incident, law enforcement found eight guns and six air rifles.
SWAT operations concluded at 12:30 a.m. on July 13 with the arrest of Mr. Cruz. There were no injuries to anyone involved.
On February 18, 2020, Cruz pled guilty to Attempted Murder 1 – Extreme Indifference (F2); Attempted Assault 1 – Extreme Indifference (F4); and one violent crime count. These counts named seven law enforcement officers and two civilian victims.
“It is only by the grace of God that no citizens or members of law enforcement were injured or killed that day,” said DA Pete Weir, “This case highlights the incredible bravery and sacrifice that police officers and sheriff’s deputies engage in on behalf of our community every day. Mr. Cruz deserves every minute of the sentence imposed by the judge. A simple thank you does not adequately express our gratitude for the debt we owe these men and women of law enforcement.