“Director of Miami-Dade Police Force Found Threatening to End Life, Later Shoots Himself”

By | August 3, 2023



The director of the Miami-Dade police force, Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez, was discovered by police officers outside a Florida hotel after a report of someone with a gun threatening self-harm. Bodycam footage shows Ramirez being handcuffed and identified himself as the police director. He was later released along with his wife after questioning. Ramirez called his boss to offer his resignation but ultimately shot himself. Ramirez, a 27-year police veteran, had previously announced his intention to run for sheriff next year. An interim police director has been appointed. FREIDA FRISARO reported

The director of the Miami-Dade police force, Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez, was involved in a distressing incident outside a hotel in Florida. Upon receiving a report of an individual threatening self-harm with a gun, responding police officers discovered that the person in question was Ramirez himself. Recently released bodycam footage sheds light on the events of July 23, which occurred prior to Ramirez’s self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on Interstate 75. Ramirez’s wife, Jody Ramirez, immediately contacted emergency services, and the police chief was subsequently transported to a Tampa hospital, where he remains in stable condition following surgery. The hospital has not confirmed his status as a registered patient. Initial reports indicated that the incident unfolded at a hotel hosting the Florida sheriffs’ annual conference. Witnesses reported observing a heated argument between Ramirez and his wife, with Ramirez allegedly pointing a gun at his own head. By the time the police arrived, the couple had retreated to their hotel room. Despite efforts to locate security footage and the witnesses, no evidence could be found. The bodycam footage captures the moment when officers ascend to the 12th floor, demanding the couple’s compliance. Jody Ramirez emerges from the room, followed by her husband, who needed repeated instructions to show his hands. Ramirez is subsequently handcuffed, and he identifies himself as the director of the Miami-Dade Police Department. The officers request identification, which Ramirez states is in his wallet inside the room. Meanwhile, conversations with Ramirez and his wife continue separately. Ramirez pleads his innocence, expressing concern that the incident will tarnish his reputation and pleading with the officers not to file a report. He explains that the argument pertained to marital issues and assures the officers that everything is resolved. Jody Ramirez, questioned by other officers nearby, admits to the heated nature of their conversation but claims not to remember if it turned physical or if her husband pointed the gun at himself or at her. She discloses that her husband habitually carries a gun, has personal demons related to his job, and possesses a temper. She emphasizes that he is not making any threats. Following their questioning, officers release Alfredo Ramirez, and the couple departs for their Miami residence. Approximately two hours later, Ramirez contacts Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and tenders his resignation, citing a mistake. The mayor recounts their conversation, describing Ramirez as remorseful, and advises him to return home safely for further discussions the following day. Subsequently, Ramirez inflicts a self-inflicted gunshot wound. As a 27-year veteran of the Miami-Dade police force and the leader of the largest law enforcement agency in the southeastern United States, Ramirez had announced his intention to run for sheriff next year. It remains uncertain whether he will continue his campaign, as an interim police director has been appointed by Levine Cava in the interim..