Moment top cop who shot himself in head is cuffed by police in spat with wife

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Moment top cop who shot himself in head is cuffed by police in spat with wife
Moment top cop who shot himself in head is cuffed by police in spat with wife

A police chief was handcuffed by his colleagues during a blazing argument with his wife in which he threatened to "end it" before shooting himself in the head hours later, bodycam footage shows.

Alfredo 'Freddy' Ramirez, the director of the Miami-Dade police force, reportedly threatened to "end it all" during a heated argument with his spouse outside a downtown hotel on July 23. He later pulled over on the highway and pulled the trigger on himself.

Newly released bodycam footage provides a fresh look at the incident, which happened hours before Mr Ramirez stopped his vehicle, with his wife, Jody Ramirez, inside, and attempted suicide.

Jody Ramirez frantically called 911, and the police chief was rushed to hospital, where he underwent surgery. Last week, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said Alfredo Ramirez was in stable condition at the hospital. Police said Thursday that he remains in the Tampa area “and is making progress.”

Moment top cop who shot himself in head is cuffed by police in spat with wife rriddqixxiqezinvMr Ramirez was threatening his wife that he was going to shoot himself (Tampa Police)

Tampa police were initially called around 6.30pm that Sunday evening to a hotel where the Florida Sheriff's annual conference was underway. Someone saw a man and woman arguing outside the hotel and called 911 after they said the man, later identified as 52-year-old Mr Ramirez, pointed a gun to his head.

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By the time police arrived, the couple had gone to their 12th-floor room in the Florida hotel, security told the officers, according to bodycam footage. The witnesses who reported the couple's argument were no longer at the scene, and officers couldn't find hotel security footage of the incident, according to the police report.

Moment top cop who shot himself in head is cuffed by police in spat with wifeMr Ramirez was handcuffed by police officers as they responded to reports of someone threatening to kill himself (Tampa Police)

A swarm of officers then runs upstairs. “Tampa Police! Tampa Police! Come out with your hands up. Hands up!” an officer says on the bodycam video. A woman, later identified as Jody Ramirez, comes out of the room, followed by her husband, who “had to be told multiple times to show his hands,” according to the report.

Mr Ramirez is then handcuffed, the video shows. “What are you doing?" he asks the officers. “All right. You know, I’m the director of the Miami-Dade Police Department.”

Moment top cop who shot himself in head is cuffed by police in spat with wifeAlfredo “Freddy” Ramirez is the director of the Miami-Dade police force (afreddyramirez/Twitter)

The officers ask him for identification, which he says is in his wallet in the room. His gun, in its holster, is found under a chair. Outside, officers continued talking to Mr Ramirez, and separately, to his wife. “Man, I didn’t do anything man, please,” Mr Ramirez says. "... If you write a report, you guys are going to blow my ass up. I didn’t do anything, please.”

The officers ask if he displayed a gun during the talk with his wife. “No, no, sir, OK? We had a discussion,” Mr Ramirez says. He tells them the argument was about “marriage stuff,” and adds, “We're good.”

Moment top cop who shot himself in head is cuffed by police in spat with wifeFreddy Ramirez with wife and friends (Freddy Ramirez for Sheriff/Facebook)

Nearby, other officers question Jody Ramirez, asking if the argument got physical or whether her husband had pointed the gun at himself or at her. “Um, honestly, I can’t remember,” she says, adding that they had been drinking

She tells the officers they were “just having a heated conversation," which she remarked wasn't unusual after 30 years of marriage. She also tells the officers that her husband always has his gun on him, “has plenty of demons from the job,” and has a temper. “He’s not making any threats, I promise you,” she says.

Moment top cop who shot himself in head is cuffed by police in spat with wifeHe remains hospitalised in stable condition (AP)

After questioning the couple, Alfredo Ramirez is uncuffed, and the couple leaves the hotel to return home to Miami, according to the police report. At about 8.30pm, Mr Ramirez calls his boss, Levine Cava and offers his resignation.

“Freddy told me he had made a mistake, he was prepared to resign," the mayor recounted during a July 26 news conference. She said Mr Ramirez was “very remorseful” during their conversation, and that she told him to get home safely and they would discuss it the next day. Sometime after that, he shot himself after pulling up along Interstate 75, south of Tampa, according to the police transcript.

Mr Ramirez is a 27-year Miami-Dade police veteran and leads the largest law enforcement agency in the southeastern US In May, he announced his intention to seek election next year to the newly created role of sheriff. It's unclear if he will remain in the race. In the meantime, Levine Cava has appointed an interim police director.

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If you're struggling and need to talk, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] or visit their site to find your local branch

In the United States, if you are struggling with suicidal thoughts or are experiencing a mental health crisis you can dial the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or go to SuicidePreventionLifeline.org

Vassia Barba

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