Monday, September 28, 2009

Kerrville Shootings, Tivy Student Dead

ALERT: 2 dead in overnight shootings
Conor Harrison, The Daily Times, Published September 28, 2009

A 20-year-old female is dead along with her 17-year-old boyfriend, after he allegedly shot and killed her, before being killed by Kerrville police after refusing to drop his weapon.

A 911 call at approximately 12:50 a.m. Monday led Kerrville police to respond to a “group of individuals who were armed, that were going to be involved in an altercation at the Guadalupe Street Park,” said acting KPD chief David Knight.

Officers responded to the scene within three minutes and were unable to locate anyone. Approximately three minutes later, an older model four-door vehicle traveling westbound on Guadalupe Street passed officers and stopped nearby.

“The suspect driver exited the vehicle holding a handgun in one hand. Officers immediately began to order the suspect to drop the weapon. The suspect refused to comply with the officers commands to drop the weapon and pointed the handgun at the officers. Fearing for their safety, the officers then fired their duty weapons at the suspect striking him several times,” according to a KPD press release.

Mario Ramirez was shot multiple times and fell to the ground. EMS was called and he was transported to Peterson Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Four officers were involved in the shooting. According to Knight, Ramirez was the only occupant of the vehicle.

Almost simultaneously at 12:51 a.m., another 911 call came into dispatch from the 400 block of Barker Street from a 12-year-old who told the operator her sister was bleeding.

“Dispatch attempted to dispatch an officer to that location, but our officers were tied up at the Guadalupe site, so Kerr County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene there and were able to locate 20-year-old Linda Lopez who had expired after being shot multiple times,” Knight said. “Preliminary investigation indicates Lopez was the girlfriend of the subject on Guadalupe Street. Early indication is that Ramirez is the primary suspect. We have not with certainty identified the original 911 caller. As we develop that information, it will be forthcoming.”

Knight said he believes the motive involved a “jealousy-type situation.”

Lopez and Ramirez had an eight-month old baby together. The baby, along with Lopez’s 12-year-old brother were in the residence on Barker Street at the time of the shooting. Both children were unharmed and currently are with relatives.

Criminal investigations are being conducted by the KPD and Department of Public Safety.

The four officers involved in the shooting have been placed on special assignment at KPD. Their names have not been released.

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