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Mentally Ill Man Dies in Struggle with Police

Mentally Ill Man Dies in Struggle with Police

(Clifton) - Multiple police officers were called to the corner of Clifton and Ludlow after 2:30pm for reports of shots fired.

A 32-year-old man in Arlin's Bar needed mental health treatment, and was also apparently armed. Police say the man refused to lower his weapon, and a struggle ensued. During that struggle, a female officer suffered a minor injury from a Tazer barb.  Roger Ramundo died from two gunshot wounds.

It all started when his mother called a doctor to say he was off his medication for bi-polar disorder, and anxiety, and had threatened her.  She told a nurse he was armed, and belligerent.  That nurse called 911, and told police where they could probably find Ramundo.

Acting Chief Paul Humphries says officers who knew him responded to the call, and found him on the patio behind Arlin's.  He says first, they cleared the patio of bystanders, and then made contact with Ramundo, trying to talk to him.  But, the officers say Ramundo became violent, and struggled with the officers, reaching for a gun in his waistband.

The officers got him to the ground, and struggled with him, unable to get control of his arm.  Humphries says an officer tased Ramundo, with no apparent effect, and after another unsuccessful attempt, asked another officer to use her Taser.  That attempt missed Ramundo, and hit the first officer, knocking her off Ramundo's back.

Police say Ramundo fired a shot, missing them, and after trying keep him from aiming, Officer Bryan Gabel fired twice, hitting Ramundo in the back.  He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

All five officers are on administrative leave during the duration of the investigation by the Homicide Division, Internal Affairs and a civilian oversight committee, but Humphries says he's confident they acted appropriately.  He called it a "tragedy", and offered his condolences to the Ramundo family.

Roger Ramundo was carrying a 40-caliber semi-automatic handgun, with two clips of ammo, for a total of 24 bullets.  He also had a can of mace, a knife and a "tactical flashlight".  Police were uncertain if Ramundo had acquired the gun legally, or if he had a concealed carry permit. 

 

 

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