Kendall County, TX – Kendall County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Deputy Carlos Ramirez was killed in the line of duty on Tuesday, after a motorist struck him and his partner as they were conducting a traffic stop on another vehicle.
The fatal collision occurred at approximately 7:30 a.m. near mile marker 533 on Interstate 10, KHOU reported.
The driver of a black pickup truck slammed into both deputies before it crashed into the vehicle the deputies had initially pulled over, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Deputy Ramirez, a three-year veteran-of-the-force, died of his injuries.
His partner and the driver of the vehicle they had pulled over were both rushed to a local hospital, and both have since been released, KSAT reported.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is handling the ongoing investigation into the fatal collision.
It is unclear whether or not the driver of the pickup will be charged.
“This is a reminder of the sacrifices that law enforcement officers all over this country make every day, every time they put on their uniform as they go out to try and make their communities a safer place to live,” Kendall County Sheriff Al Auxier said, according to WOAI.
"I want his wife to know, and his family, that we are here for them. And will help them endure this tragedy that they are experiencing,” Sheriff Auxier continued. “Today, July 2nd, 2019 will be remembered as a tragic day here in Kendall County.”
Deputy Ramirez, 32, joined KCSO in 2016, and also served as an Army reservist, KHOU reported.
He was deployed to Africa in 2018, and returned to work in Kendall County in April, according to WOAI.
Deputy Ramirez leaves behind his wife, Jessica, as well as his children, 7-year-old Ava and 11-year-old Alex, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his parents, sister, in-laws, and numerous nieces and nephews.
"We would like to give more thanks to the community for their love and continued support to our family. We would like to thank the Kendall County Sheriff's Office for their continued gratitude and devotion shown to our family. We ask that you continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers,” Deputy Ramirez’ family said in a statement to KSAT.
Deputy Ramirez will be laid to rest on July 11, according to his obituary.
His family requested that those attending his funeral dress in red, white and blue attire.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Kendall County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Carlos Ramirez, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.