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Officer Mario Verbeck released from hospital today to continue his recovery

Suspect Released from Hospital Wednesday, Booked into Jail

Thursday, Sep. 2, 2021

Officer Mario Verbeck was released from the hospital today to return to his family and continue his recovery at home.

“Officer Verbeck's service to our city is marked with courage and dedication,” Mayor Tim Keller said. “We are incredibly grateful that he will return home to his family today and we extend our deep thanks to UNMH medical professionals who honored his heroism with the highest levels of care.”

“We are grateful to everyone, especially UNMH hospital staff, who cared for Officer Verbeck,” APD Chief Harold Medina said. “Most important, we appreciate the tremendous support from the community during this difficult time. Officer Verbeck is returning home to his family. His APD family will continue to support him as he recovers from this tragedy.”

Officer Verbeck was critically wounded on Aug. 19, 2021 as he and other officers pursued an armed robbery suspect in an alleyway along Juan Tabo Blvd. N.E. Two other officers were shot and a third was injured during the exchange of gunfire. All officers survived their injuries.

James Ramirez, the suspect in the shooting, was released from the hospital on Wednesday and booked into the Metro Detention Center overnight.

Ramirez, 27, is charged with three counts of Aggravated battery upon a peace officer, armed robbery, conspiracy to commit a felony, possession of a firearm or destructive device by a felon, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

Ramirez also faces federal charges related to the incident.

APD has advocates for victims of violent crimes, including domestic violence and sex crimes. Victims, including family of homicide victims, can call 505-924-6028 to reach one of the advocates. Victim advocates can also be reached by email: [email protected].