Brother of man shot by officer in court on arrest warrant

2014-04-21T12:26:00Z 2014-11-17T17:20:04Z Brother of man shot by officer in court on arrest warrantBy EDDIE GREGG The Billings Gazette

One of the brothers of a man shot and killed by police last week made a court appearance Monday on an arrest warrant.

Jason Lee Ramirez, 32, appeared in Yellowstone County District Court before Judge G. Todd Baugh on a $30,000 arrest warrant. Ramirez, a convicted robber who is facing numerous felony charges, was arrested Wednesday.

His brother, 38-year-old Richard Ramirez, was shot and killed by Billings Police Officer Grant Morrison last Monday 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. Morrison is on paid administrative leave, and the shooting is under internal investigation by the department.

Baugh agreed with a request by Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Ingrid Rosenquist and set Jason Ramirez’s bond at $100,000 in addition to any previously posted bond.

The man’s mother, Betty Ramirez, walked into the courtroom during the hearing and whimpered several times that she wanted to talk to the judge.

She left after the bond was set without speaking to the judge, as he proceeded directly into the next court hearing with another defendant. 

Ramirez faces six felony charges in Yellowstone County and Gallatin County, Rosenquist said.

Ramirez faces a 2013 charge of failing to register as a violent offender after a 2005 conviction for a felony robbery he committed in 2003. He will face a June 30 probation violation hearing in that case. Ramirez was also convicted in 2010 for felony drug possession, according to court records. He also faces three felony drug charges and a count of felony theft in a separate case from last year.

A $30,000 warrant for his arrest was issued on Jan. 21. Ramirez could also face additional charges stemming from the events of his arrest Thursday on that warrant.

Rosenquist said that when U.S. Marshals made contact with Ramirez, he fled on a motorcycle. She said officers also found that Ramirez had two stolen motorcycles, meth and prescription pills.

“He continues to put people in danger and victimize the community,” Rosenquist said.

Another member of the Ramirez family, 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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