The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has released dash camera footage of a trooper-involved shooting that took place in August, showing in grim detail the close-quarters nature of OHP’s work and the hazards troopers face.
Trooper Austin Ellis can be seen performing a traffic stop, attempting to get Arturo Ramirez to exit his vehicle when the suspect suddenly began making suspicious moves.
“Hey, hey, hey, don’t be reaching down there,” Ellis said. “Just get out of the car.”
Suddenly, Ramirez began firing blindly at Ellis, striking him in his Kevlar vest. Ellis returned fire, peppering the rear windshield and hitting Ramirez in the hand.
Driving away, Ramirez soon realized Trooper Ellis was not going to let him get away, tailing him as he tried to run. Eventually, Ramirez ditched his vehicle and crawled through the open garage door entrance of a residence before hiding in a storage building.
“A perimeter was established with cooperation from local law enforcement. And a suspect was apprehended by the Oklahoma Highway patrol,” OHP Colonel Mike Harrell told News 9.
Ramirez was taken into custody and is facing several charges, including shooting with intent to kill.
While Trooper Ellis’ vest stopped the incoming round that struck him, he was sent by Air Evac to a trauma center, where it was discovered he had a fractured rib and internal bleeding. He has since left the hospital, but remains on leave.
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