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Body cam video shows the moment deputy shoots, kills Nash County man

March 11, 2019 GMT

Authorities on Sunday released body camera video that shows the moment a man was shot by Nash County deputies in his yard on Feb. 9, but the angle and distance do not make it visible whether the man was armed at the time, as deputies have claimed.

A recording of a woman’s 911 call, which led up to the shooting, was also released.

The video shows the moment Jonathan Ramirez, 29, was shot by a deputy responding to a call of a reported sexual assault.

Authorities said Ramirez was getting out of a car with a weapon that looked like an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle when he was shot. The video of the shooting shared with news outlets Sunday was taken from a distance. It was not clear from that video whether Ramirez was carrying a gun.

In the video, at least 10 gunshots are heard as a deputy exits his vehicle. Only one deputy’s body cam shows the shooting.

The several other deputies responding to the call did not turn on their cameras until after shots were fired, according to Nash County officials.

Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said the video showing the shooting corroborates the deputies’ statements concerning the incident.

In the moments after the shooting, video shows family and neighbors screaming and yelling at deputies. A deputy is heard promising that there will be an investigation.

Sgt. John Winstead, Deputy Stan Ricks and Detective Taylor Neal remain on administrative leave while the State Bureau of Investigation reviews the shooting, which is standard protocol.

Ramirez’s mother, Francisa Ramirez, said she ran outside after hearing gunshots and saw her son on the ground covered in blood. “He would never shoot at police. He would never shoot at nobody,” she said. “When someone calls the police, it’s for police to come and protect us, not to come and kill us.”

A Superior Court judge ordered the Nash County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday to release all footage of the shooting in response to a request from the Ramirez family and a media coalition that includes Capitol Broadcasting Co., the parent company of WRAL News.

Judge Quentin Sumner ordered the videos be released, first to the family and then to the media after family members had time to review them.