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Buckeye Police Release Body Cam Video of Fatal Officer Involved Shooting

September 30, 2019

Officers Involved:
1. Officer L. Biffin, 35-years-old
Male, 6 Years with Buckeye Police Department
2. Officer D. Smith, 50-years-old
Male, 16 Years with Buckeye Police Department
3. Officer J. Radloff, 45-years-old
Male, 6 Years with Buckeye Police Department
4. Officer D. Grossman, 36-years-old
Male, 10 Years with Buckeye Police Department
5. Sgt. C. Hale, 41-years-old
Male, 7 Years with Buckeye Police Department

 

On December 25, 2018, shortly after 5:30 p.m., Buckeye police received a transfer 911 call from California Highway Patrol. The caller reported that her daughter was fighting with her boyfriend at a home in the 24200 block of West Desert Bloom. The caller reported hearing a gunshot over the phone while speaking with her daughter.

 

While the 911 operator was on the phone with the initial caller, the victim called 911 from the Desert Bloom home and reported that her boyfriend had pointed a gun at her and threatened to shoot her. The victim stated she was in the home with her two children, her boyfriend and her boyfriend’s mother. The victim reported that her boyfriend “has a lot of guns on him” and “is acting super crazy.”

Officers arrived, set up a perimeter around the home and got the two women and two children outside to safety. A supervisor made phone contact with 34-year-old Antonio Armando Ramos who made suicidal statements and refused to come out of the home.

 

At approximately 6:15 p.m., one shot was heard from inside the home while Ramos was still on the phone with a sergeant. It was quickly determined Ramos was okay. Moments later the porch light of the home was turned off. Ramos came out of the house and fired dozens of rounds from an assault rifle in the direction of one of the officers and into the house directly across the street. The officer was pinned behind a tree, but was not hurt. Two other officers returned fire, striking Ramos once in the hand. Ramos retreated inside the home where he reloaded his rifle. A short time later, Ramos came out of the house again and opened fire again with the assault rifle. One officer returned fire with a department issued AR-15. Ramos disappeared from view.

 

Members of the Buckeye Police SWAT team arrived and used a robot to determine Ramos was down on the ground. Ramos was pronounced dead at the scene by a BPD SWAT medic. There were no other injuries to officers or citizens. The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy on Ramos. The toxicology report indicated Ramos had a blood alcohol level of 0.25, more than three times the legal driving limit.

 

“The courage Buckeye police officers showed during this tragic incident is a tremendous testament to their dedication to protect the community and keep neighborhoods safe,” said Buckeye Police Chief Larry Hall. “These officers clearly put themselves in harm’s way to stop the actions of an extremely violent individual.”

 

The investigation revealed Ramos fired 50 rounds from his assault rifle, many of which pierced the home directly across the street. Renters had vacated that home two weeks before this incident.


The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office reviewed the criminal investigation and determined the force was justified.

 

An internal review concluded that the officers involved followed Buckeye police protocol and acted consistent with department policy.

Copies of the redacted 911 calls, report and body worn camera video related to this incident are available upon a records request at https://www.buckeyeaz.gov/residents/police/police-records-request/police-public-records-request.

 

Once a public records request is received, you will be contacted with instructions on how to download the documents from the city’s ftp site.

*NOTE: Due to technical issues at the time of the incident, the timecode and date on the body worn cameras are not in sync and are not accurate to the time of day of the event.

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