TAMPA –Miami-Dade Police Superintendent Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez was significantly injured after apparently killing himself in an obvious suicide try after touring to Tampa for a legislation enforcement convention, authorities and sources stated.
Ramirez, 52, was rushed for surgical procedure at a Tampa hospital following Sunday’s incident. Officers didn’t instantly present further details about the capturing or its prognosis.
The Miami-Dade Police Division launched a quick assertion Monday morning saying that they had been knowledgeable by Tampa police that Ramirez had suffered a “severe harm.”
“We ask that you simply please maintain him in your prayers,” Miami-Dade police stated in a written assertion.
In a press release launched shortly earlier than 8:15 a.m., the division stated Ramirez was in “important however secure situation.”
A legislation enforcement supply instructed CBS Information Miami’s Jim DeFede that Ramirez shot himself within the head in what seems to be a suicide try. The capturing occurred along with the street on Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County.
The Florida Freeway Patrol and the Florida Division of Regulation Enforcement are investigating the incident, but it surely was not instantly clear precisely the place the incident occurred, authorities stated.
Ramirez was within the Tampa space to attend a Florida’s Sheriff Affiliation summer time assembly along with his spouse.
The legislation enforcement officer introduced two months in the past that he would run for sheriff subsequent yr.
He was named Chief of Police in 2020 beneath former Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava elevated Ramirez two years later so he might oversee the police division and Miami-Dade Fireplace Rescue as performing chief of public security. He was then given the job completely.
In a written assertion launched Monday, the mayor’s workplace stated she traveled to Tampa to be with Director Ramirez and his household on the hospital.
“Following a severe harm in Tampa yesterday, Chief Ramirez is hospitalized and in important however secure situation,” she stated. “All that issues right now is Chief Ramirez’s well-being, and I be part of his household, family members, and all of his Miami-Dade Police Division and Miami-Dade County household in praying for his speedy restoration.”
The Miami Police Division stated, “The Metropolis of Miami Police Division sends prayers of therapeutic for Miami-Dade Police Superintendent Freddy Ramirez III, his household and mates. We pray that religion be with all of the women and men of the Miami-Dade Police Division throughout this tough time and ask our group to unite as we come collectively to wish for his therapeutic.”
The Miramar Police Division additionally launched a press release supporting Ramirez.
“We come collectively sending him constructive vitality and power,” the company stated in a social media submit. “Could Director Ramirez discover the braveness and resilience to beat this impediment and should his restoration be speedy and full.”