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Suspect in shooting of APD officers booked into jail

Suspect in shooting of APD officers booked into jail

Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021

ALBUQUERQUE – The suspect in the shooting of three APD officers on Aug. 19, 2021, was released from the hospital on Wednesday and book into the Metro Detention Center.


James Ramirez, 27, is accused of shooting three officers and injuring a fourth, as he fled during a foot chase down an alleyway along Juan Tablo Blvd. N.E. Ramirez was a suspect in an armed robbery that occurred shortly before officers tracked him down to arrest him.


All officers survived their injuries they suffered during the exchange of gunfire with Ramirez. Officer Mario Verbeck was critically injured and is recovering from his injuries.


Ramirez was also shot during the exchange and hospitalized. He was booked immediately after being discharged Wednesday from the hospital.


Ramirez 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].