UPDATE: U.S. Marshals, Converse County Statements on Shooting; Ramirez Was Recently Indicted For Meth, Guns
UPDATE: The Converse County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Marshals Service issued statements Friday afternoon about the shooting of the man who had just left his father's funeral in Douglas.
This is the statement from the U.S. Marshals Service:
“On Thursday, June 30, Deputy U.S. Marshals were involved in a line-of-duty shooting incident in Converse County, WY, while attempting to apprehend fugitive Jasen Scott Ramirez, who was wanted on drug charges. During the attempted arrest, Ramirez was shot. He was immediately transported to a local medical facility where he later died of his injuries. No law enforcement officers were injured. The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigations is the lead investigative agency for this incident. As a matter of policy, the Marshals Service will not release the names of deputy marshals involved in shooting incidents until the conclusion of all investigations surrounding the incident. As this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot provide further comment.”
This is the statement from the Converse County Sheriff's Office:
On 6/30/2016 at 2:43pm, the Converse County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 300 block of North 5th Street in Douglas, after receiving a call for assistance regarding an officer involved shooting from agents with the United States Marshals who were serving a federal arrest warrant. Upon arrival, Deputies and Douglas Police Department Officers began rendering aid to a male subject who was lying on the ground and was unconscious. Douglas EMS arrived and transported the male subject to the Converse County Memorial Hospital. Jasen Scott Ramirez, 44, a Colorado resident, was later pronounced deceased.
During this unfortunate incident, an unconfirmed threat was made against law enforcement, prompting the County Courthouse, City Hall, and the Hospital to be placed on lockdown until the threat was investigated.
The Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation and the Wyoming Crime Lab were called to the scene to conduct the post incident investigation. Converse County Sheriff's Office, Douglas Police, Wyoming Highway Patrol, FBI, DEA, HSI, and Wyoming Game and Fish responded to assist in scene control, security, and investigative assistance.
Any further inquiries should be addressed with the United States Marshals Office.
Ramirez was indicted recently by a federal grand jury drug and weapons charges.
A day later a warrant for his arrest was issued, and the government intended to detain him without bond, according to court records.
These crimes allegedly occurred on March 13, according to the indictment.
Ramirez was charged with possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine; possession of a firearm in furtherance of a federal drug trafficking crime -- possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
If convicted, he could have faced 10 years to life imprisonment on the count of possession with intent to distribute; and if convicted on the first count, not less than five years to life imprisonment consecutive -- in addition to -- on the count of possession of a firearm in a drug trafficking crime; and up to 10 years imprisonment on the count of being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The indictment did not give information about where the alleged crimes occurred or who else may have been involved.
Meanwhile, a Highway Patrol trooper is expected to recover from his injuries after car crashed into a sport utility vehicle on U.S. Highway 20-26 on the east side of Glenrock while responding to a 2:31 p.m. dispatch call about shots fired in Douglas, Patrol Sgt. David Wagener said.
The driver of the SUV was treated at the Wyoming Medical Center and released Thursday.
The trooper, Joel Eldred, is expected to be released from the hospital today.