Authorities again searching for brother of man killed by Billings officer

2014-04-29T11:33:00Z 2014-05-16T15:09:09Z Authorities again searching for brother of man killed by Billings officerBy ZACH BENOIT The Billings Gazette

Authorities are once again searching for Jason Lee Ramirez, the brother of a man shot to death by a Billings police officer earlier this month, after he posted a $100,000 bond to get out of jail last week.

Montana’s Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Rod Ostermiller said Tuesday that Ramirez, 32, is now 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 a court hearing the next week in District Court, he was accused of half a dozen felony charges out of Yellowstone and Gallatin counties.

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

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

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.

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 during a traffic stop in 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 is on paid administrative leave, and the shooting is

under internal investigation by the department.

Anyone who spots Ramirez or has information on his whereabouts is asked to avoid him and call law enforcement immediately.

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