Newly released bodycam footage shows Tampa cops cuffing, then releasing Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo ‘Freddy’ Ramirez in a hotel room on July 23
Ramirez who was in Tampa attending a Sherriff’s conference was rowing with his wife Jody out their hotel when he put a gun to his own head and threated to ‘end it now’
Released 15 minutes after cops arrived, Ramirez he called the Miami- Dade mayor, his boss, told her he had ‘made mistakes’ and offered to resign
Mayor Cava dissuaded him from resigning, three hours later the couple were driving back home to Miami when he pulled over and shot himself in the head
He survived shooting himself in the head last week, listed to be in a stable condition, he likely will lose the use of his right eye
Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has appointed an interim police director in place of the convalescing chief
Miami-Dade police director Alfredo Ramirez was arrested Wednesday after an altercation with his wife, outside their hotel in Tampa. Released from custody, the couple were driving home to Miami, around 8.30pm, when he pulled over and shot himself in the head
Newly released bodycam footage shows police officers in Tampa handcuffing and releasing the Miami-Dade police director on July 23, after he ‘put his gun in his mouth’ and threatened to ‘end it now’, three hours later he shot himself in the head – in the presence of his wife.
Around a dozen police officers were called to the JW Marriott hotel in Tampa on July 23 at around 6.30pm following reports that a man was arguing with his wife and had pointed a gun at his head.
After putting the male protagonist in cuffs and speaking with the couple, police released him from custody and left his hotel. The pair were identified as Miami-Dade police director Alfredo ‘Freddy’ Ramirez, who was in town attending a Florida Sheriff’s conference, and his wife Jody.
Ramirez then called Miami-Dade mayor Daniella Levine Cava to say he wanted to resign as he had ‘made mistakes’.
A few hours later, around 8.30pm, Ramirez and Jody were driving back home to Miami when he pulled over his car on the I-75 and shot himself in the head, according to police reports.
He was immediately taken into surgery at Tampa Hospital where he’s reported to be in a stable condition and expected to recover without brain damage, but has likely lost the use of his right eye.
On Wednesday Jody Ramirez [left], reportedly got into a loud dispute outside the JW Marriott hotel with husband Alfredo ‘Freddy’ Ramirez [second left], who allegedly pointed a gun at his head, before heading up to their room. Ramirez later shot himself in the head
The incident began on July 23 outside a JW Marriott hotel, where Ramirez had been attending the Florida Sheriff’s Association’s annual summer conference with his wife.
The pair reportedly got into a loud dispute outside the hotel before heading up to their room on the 12th floor.
Reports and footage released by Tampa police on Wednesday detail how officers responded to the alleged incident, in which Ramirez allegedly pointed the gun at his head outside the hotel he was staying at while attending a Florida Sheriff’s Conference with his wife.
In the new footage Ramirez can be heard asking the Tampa cops responding to the scene, ‘What are you doing?’ and ‘You know I’m the director of the Miami-Dade police department?’
The 27-year Miami-Dade police veteran, who leads the largest law enforcement agency in the southeastern US, in May, he announced his intention to seek election next year to the newly created role of sheriff.
While it’s unclear if he will remain in the race, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has appointed an interim police director.
In the new footage released Wednesday afternoon, a hotel employee can be heard telling officers: ‘What a witness saw was they were arguing, they came out here, he said “I’m going to end it all,” and put a gun in his mouth.’
Police were then directed to the couple’s room. Due to the report of a gun, more than a dozen were in attendance and at least one was equipped with a bulletproof shield.
After knocking on the hotel room door at around 6.45pm, Ramirez’s wife Jody opened the door and appeared in the hallway with her arms raised. She told them her husband was in the room and the police ushered him out.
A hotel employee told responding Tampa cops that he saw Ramirez aim a gun at his head and threaten to ‘end it all’, but Jody Ramirez assured officers that she did not feel threatened and could not recall her husband taking his gun out of its holster outside the hotel
When Ramirez exited the room and raised his arms as instructed, two officers appeared to quickly place him in handcuffs. He then asked them what they are doing and told them of his senior position in the Miami-Dade Police Department.
‘Who called the cops?’ he asked them. ‘I didn’t do anything, I don’t understand.’
When police asked him what happened outside the hotel, he told them, ‘We were just talking, that’s it. I didn’t touch her, you can ask her, I didn’t do anything.’
Ramirez was asked about the gun, and he told them he had a ‘police gun’ with him. He also denied pointing the gun anywhere.
‘I’m here for the sheriff’s conference,’ he said. At around 7pm Ramirez was taken out of cuffs.
Ramirez can be heard asking the Tampa cops responding to the scene, ‘What are you doing?’ and ‘You know I’m the director of the Miami-Dade police department?’
In the 15 minutes Ramirez was handcuffed, his wife Jody was interviewed by separate police officers down the hallway. She told them that her husband ‘Freddy’ is the director of the Miami Dade Police Department.
‘We were just having a heated conversation,’ she told them. ‘We’re fine.’
When asked if Ramirez took his gun out from his holster, she told police,’ I don’t recall him taking it out’.
She then told officers she had no concerns for her safety. ‘If I felt unsafe I would tell all of you right this minute,’ she said. ‘He has plenty of demons from the job as I’m sure you guys are all probably aware of.’
The couple are then left alone, and according to police reports, at about 8.30pm Ramirez called his boss, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, and offered his resignation.
‘Freddy told me he had made a mistake, he was prepared to resign,’ the mayor recounted during a July 26 press conference.
Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, seen discussing the police director shooting, has appointed an interim police director in place of the convalescing Ramirez
Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo Ramirez [photo], leads the largest law enforcement agency in southeastern US. He survived shooting himself in the head last week, listed to be in a stable condition, he likely will lose the use of his right eye
She said Ramirez was ‘very remorseful’ during their conversation, and that she told him to get home safely and they would discuss it the next day. Sometime after that, he shot himself, according to police records.
As Ramirez and his wife were driving home to Miami from Tampa, somewhere along I-75 in the Riverview neighborhood, toward the southern end of Hillsborough County, and south of Tampa, he pulled over and shot himself in the head.
Ramirez and his wife were driving home to Miami from Tampa, somewhere along I-75, on July 23, when he pulled over on the side of the road and shot himself in the head
Jody Ramirez called 911. ‘Oh my God, help me, help me, help me, help me!’ she told dispatch, and said that her husband had walked into the road and that she was trying to help him.
She said she tried to treat his head wound on a grassy part of the road but that he would not let her.
The police chief was rushed to a Tampa hospital, where he underwent surgery.