Brother of man shot by police makes court appearance

2014-05-15T17:25:00Z 2014-05-16T15:09:09Z Brother of man shot by police makes court appearanceBy EDDIE GREGG egregg@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

A man arrested Tuesday by the U.S. Marshals made an initial court appearance Wednesday on a felony drug charge.

Daniel Lee Ramirez, 37, appeared in Yellowstone County Justice Court on a felony drug possession charge and a misdemeanor drug paraphernalia charge.

Judge Pedro R. Hernandez set Ramirez’s bond at $10,000 in addition to any other bond he faces and ordered him to appear in District Court on May 27. The charges allege that while officers were executing a search on Dec. 20, 2012, at a residence in the 200 block of Fourth Street West, they found that Ramirez had prescription pills and a syringe used to ingest drugs.

Montana’s Chief Deputy Marshal Rod Ostermiller said Tuesday that the task force developed information that Ramirez might be at Prairie Tower Apartments, 725 N. 25th St., and arrested him there without incident at about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Ramirez was wanted on felony arrest warrants for possession of dangerous drugs and burglary.

In April, Billings Police Officer Grant Morrison shot and killed Ramirez’s brother, Richard Ramirez, during a traffic stop. Richard Ramirez was a suspect in an earlier robbery.

A third Ramirez brother, Jason, has twice been arrested by the task force since his brother’s death on warrants out of Yellowstone and Gallatin counties.

He remains in custody at the county jail on a total bond of $520,000.

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