Police Release Footage Of Terrifying Christmas Night Gun Battle
Buckeye, AZ – Police recently released bodycam video of a Christmas night gunfight that ended with the shooter dead and bullets holes in surrounding homes (video below).
The incident began around 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 25, 2018 when Buckeye police received a 911 transfer call from the California Highway Patrol, according to a press release put out by the city of Buckeye.
The caller told police that her daughter was fighting with her boyfriend inside a home located in the 24200-block of West Desert Bloom, and said that she heard a gunshot in the background.
While the dispatcher was still on the phone with the worried mother in California, her daughter called 911 and reported that her boyfriend - 34-year-old Antonio Armando Ramos - had pointed a gun at her and threatened to shoot her, the press release said.
She told police that she and her two children, and her boyfriend’s mother, were in the house and said that her boyfriend “has a lot of guns on him” and “is acting super crazy.”
Officers responded to the scene and were able to evacuate everyone from the home except Ramos, according to the city’s statement.
A Buckeye police sergeant made contact with Ramos via phone but the gunman refused to come out of the house and threatened to kill himself.
A shot was heard inside the home at about 6:15 p.m., causing police to worry that Ramos had shot himself; however, they quickly learned he was okay when the front light on the house turned off.
Seconds later, Ramos left the house with a semiautomatic rifle and opened fire on officers, according to the release.
He also fired numerous bullets at an unoccupied home across the street.
Officers returned fire and Ramos was hit once in the hand, but he went back inside and reloaded, and then went back outside and started shooting at officers again.
When an officer returned fire with an AR-15, Ramos ducked back inside the house and stayed there.
Investigators later determined that Ramos had fired more than 50 rounds at the officers and neighboring house, the press release said.
"This was a situation where the person was a serious threat... and they had to take action,” Buckeye Police Chief Larry Hall told KTVK.
The Buckeye Police Department SWAT Team arrived and used a robot to determine that Ramos was down.
The gunman was pronounced dead on the scene by a SWAT team medic, according to the city.
There were no other injuries during the frightening incident.
The Maricopa County Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy on Ramos and toxicology reports revealed the gunman’s blood alcohol level was a .25, more than three times the legal limit, the press release said.
“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,” Chief Hall said when the bodycam videos were released. “These officers clearly put themselves in harm’s way to stop the actions of an extremely violent individual.”
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office determined that the use of deadly force was justified in the incident, and an investigation by internal affairs at the Buckeye police found that all of the officers involved had followed department policy, the city said in its press release.
Watch the terrifying Christmas night shootout unfold in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content.