Miami-Dade Police director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez briefly handcuffed himself after allegedly threatening “to end it all” in a spat he had with his wife, and just hours before he shot himself in the head while driving on a highway.
The Tampa Police Department has released body-camera footage and a police document Wednesday, which documents the disturbing call made to the JW Marriott Hotel on July 23, where Ramirez was staying with his wife for a sheriff’s conference.
Ramirez, then 52, is alleged to have shot himself in his head in an attempt suicide on Interstate 75 a few hours later.
The video shows the initial police response to his dispute with Jody Ramirez at the luxury waterfront hotel in Tampa.
After seeing the man hold a gun up to his head, a witness called 911.
According to the video, by the time the officers arrived at 6:30 p.m. the couple was back in their hotel room on the 12th floor and the witness, who had been shaken, had already left.
A police officer is seen shouting “Tampa Police!” as he approaches the door. Tampa Police! Hands up!” “Hands up!”
Jody Ramirez, her husband of 30 years and their children leave the room.
According to the incident report Miami’s top cop was repeatedly told to show his hand, before officers began to handcuff him.
What are you doing? Ramirez asks. You know that I am the Director of Miami-Dade Police Department?” I did nothing. I don’t understand.”
He denied that he had a gun and was a danger to himself or others after he’d been handcuffed. The officers questioned him separately and his wife said that they had been in a “heated dispute”.
“I know all the buttons to press, but I’m not drinking today.” He bought me an old-fashioned. She said, “It’s his fault.”
She assured the officers that her husband was not a threat, even though he always had his gun with him.
She added: “He’s got plenty of demons, as you all probably know.”
Alfredo Ramirez, the husband of the couple, was released after they were questioned. About 8:30 p.m., he called his boss Miami Dade Mayor Daniella Levine-Cava to announce that he was resigning over the incident.
Cava told reporters that she had instructed him to return home safely, and they would discuss the issue the following day.
He shot himself in his head shortly after 9 pm, on a freeway just south of Tampa. His wife begs for help in a terrifying 911 call.
The 6 1/2 minute call, obtained by NBC Miami from his wife, can be heard screaming “Oh my god, help me!”
Ramirez, who was injured in the accident, was taken to a hospital nearby,, where he had emergency surgery. He will probably lose his right eye.
The mayor has appointed an interim director to head the largest law-enforcement agency in the Southeast U.S., after the veteran police officer of 27 years was named.
Ramirez announced in May that he would run as a Democrat for the newly created position of Miami-Dade sheriff. It is unclear whether he will remain in the race.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Florida Highway Patrol are jointly investigating the shooting.
This report was contributed by The Associated Press.