Bodycam Footage Shows Miami-Dade Police Chief Handcuffed Hours Before Suicide Attempt

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Newly released bodycam footage has provided additional information about the tragic events leading up to the self-inflicted gunshot wound of Miami-Dade police director Alfredo ‘Freddy’ Ramirez. The incident occurred at a Tampa hotel on July 23 after police were called to respond to an argument between Ramirez and his wife, during which witnesses claimed he had pointed a gun at his own head. Approximately twelve officers from the Tampa Police Department arrived at the scene, reports the Daily Mail

After handcuffing Ramirez, a 27-year police veteran, and speaking with him and his wife, the officers decided to release Ramirez and left the hotel. Ramirez later contacted the Miami-Dade mayor to express his desire to resign due to the mistakes he believed he had made.

Later that evening, while driving back to Miami, Ramirez pulled over on the I-75 and shot himself in the head. He was immediately rushed to Tampa Hospital and underwent surgery. Although his condition is stable, it is expected that he may have lost vision in his right eye.

In the recently released bodycam footage, Ramirez can be heard questioning the actions of the Tampa police officers and emphasizing his position as the director of the Miami-Dade police department.

The incident began at a JW Marriott hotel where Ramirez and his wife were attending a law enforcement conference. Witnesses reported an argument between the couple, with one witness claiming that Ramirez had threatened self-harm. A hotel staffer was heard telling officers that a witness described a man threatening suicide.

In response to the report of a gun, police approached the couple’s hotel room with caution. Ramirez’s wife cooperated with the officers and informed them of her husband’s location. When Ramirez exited the room, he was promptly handcuffed. Expressing confusion, he denied any wrongdoing and insisted that they had been engaged in a conversation.

During the 15 minutes that Ramirez was handcuffed, his wife assured the police that their altercation had been a mere heated discussion. She mentioned Ramirez’s position as the director of the Miami-Dade Police Department and acknowledged the challenges he faces in his role.

As the evening progressed, Ramirez contacted Mayor Levine Cava, expressing regret and a desire to resign. The mayor advised him to return home safely, promising to discuss the matter further the next day. Tragically, Ramirez then shot himself while driving on the I-75. His wife immediately called emergency services for assistance.

Ramirez’s condition remains stable, and he continues to receive treatment in the Tampa area.

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