Longmont Police Release Name of Officer Who Fired Shot at Man on New Year’s Eve
Longmont police have released the name of the law enforcement officer involved in the shooting of Jesus M. Ramos, 34, on New Year’s Eve.
Master Police Officer Mike Kimbley, one of the officers who responded to the call, shot at Ramos with his rifle, according to a news release from Deputy Chief Jeff Satur.
Ramos had told police that he tried to kill himself with a revolver and had been using heroin and methamphetamine. In a 911 call, he told dispatchers that he put his gun away and was going with his father to the hospital.
Officers contacted Ramos and his father just south of Glen Ridge Apartment Complex at 2211 Pratt St. In the 911 call, Ramos becomes angry and says he still has the revolver. He tells the dispatcher he will “kill whoever I need to kill.”
Ramos refused to follow instructions from the officers and went toward an apartment with his hand wrapped in a jacket, at which time Kimbley fired the rifle.
According to police, Ramos broke into an apartment and was later found dead inside. At this point his exact cause of death, or whether Kimbley’s shot hit Ramos, is not clear.
The Boulder County Coroner’s Office will determine the final cause and manner of death.
Kimbley, who has worked as a Longmont police officer since February 1992, has been placed on paid administrative leave per department policy. Kimbley also served in the Colorado Air National Guard for eight years and was deployed to Operation Desert Storm, Satur stated in the release.
The Boulder County Critical Incident Team, made up of officers from various agencies, will investigate the shooting and present its findings to the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office.
This was the third officer-involved shooting in Boulder County in 2018 and the second in Longmont.
Louisville Cpl. Joe Lamb shot Nicholas Moses, 25, in his truck June 7 after officers responded to a call of suspicious people and possible drug activity. Moses survived th shot and was charged in the incident. Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty ruled the shooting justified.
Gillie Thurby III, 28, was shot and killed by Longmont police Sept. 20 after Thurby reportedly pulled a gun on officers, who were there to arrest Thurby for failing to appear in court on a sexual assault case. The two officers that fired, who have not yet been identified due to safety concerns, were also cleared by Dougherty.
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