Authorities again arrest brother of man killed by Billings police officer

2014-05-01T22:21:00Z 2014-11-17T17:20:04Z Authorities again arrest brother of man killed by Billings police officerGazette Staff The Billings Gazette

Jason Lee Ramirez, the brother of a man shot to death by a Billings police officer last month, was arrested Thursday.

Rod Ostermiller, Montana's Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal, said that members of the U.S. Marshal's Montana Violent Offender Task Force and the Billings Police Department arrested Ramirez in Billings on Thursday at about 7:30 p.m.

When authorities tracked him to a residence in the 1700 block of Eighth Street West, Ramirez "was non-compliant" and ran, Ostermiller said. After a short foot chase, officers caught up to and detained Ramirez.

Authorities also are considering whether or not to charge several others for their suspected roles in aiding Ramirez.

Authorities began searching for Ramirez, 32, shortly after he posted a $100,000 bond to get out of jail in April. Ostermiller said on April 29 that Ramirez, 32, was being sought on a probation violation.

Local and federal authorities arrested Ramirez, a convicted robber, on April 16 on a $30,000 warrant accusing him of failure to register as a violent offender.

During an April hearing in District Court, he was accused of half a dozen felony charges from of Yellowstone and Gallatin counties.

Those charges include failure to register, felony drug charges and felony theft.

A district judge in Yellowstone County set Ramirez’s bond at $100,000, which Ostermiller said Ramirez posted.

The initial charge comes from 2013 for failing to register as a violent offender after a 2005 felony robbery conviction.

Ramirez was also convicted in 2010 for felony drug possession, according to court records. He also faces three felony drug charges and one count of felony theft in a separate 2013 case.

During his prior arrest, Ramirez resisted arrest and didn’t comply with orders when officers and deputies tracked him down at a Lockwood home on April 16.

His brother, 38-year-old Richard Ramirez, was shot and killed by Billings Police Officer Grant Morrison on April 14 after Morrison pulled over a car with Ramirez in the back seat near the area of Fifth Avenue South and State Avenue on the South Side.

Richard Ramirez, who was later found to be unarmed, was the suspect in an armed robbery that happened on April 13.

Morrison was placed on paid administrative leave, and the shooting is under internal investigation by the department.

A third brother, Daniel Ramirez, is wanted by the United States Marshals Service’s Montana Violent Offender Task Force based on a felony arrest warrant for possession of dangerous drugs and for burglary.

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