Patrolman Gilbert E. Ramirez

Patrolman Gilbert E. Ramirez

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, December 24, 1983

Gilbert E. Ramirez

Patrolman Gilbert Ramirez was shot and killed by a man with a shotgun while responding to a domestic disturbance call on Tedder Street.

Nearing the end of his shift, Patrolman Ramirez contacted his wife to let him know he was on the way home. When the domestic call came out, Patrolman Ramirez recognized the address and suspect as a fellow member of his local church and he responded. Upon his arrival, Patrolman Ramirez was met by the suspect with a shotgun in his hand. It is suspected Officer Ramirez felt that he could talk him down and did not pull his weapon out, however, after talking with him and realizing the suspect was not going to drop his weapon Patrolman Ramirez returned to his patrol car to radio for help at which time the suspect charged Patrolman Ramirez, shooting him in the face.

Patrolman Ramirez had been with the agency for five years and was survived by his wife.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Not available

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Dear Cousin,
I remember you when you were young and before you had a family of your own. I remember going with our families (your dad Gilbert, step-mom Connie and your step-brothers, your step-sister and your younger sister) to the coast for the weekend or you all coming over to the house and vise versa. Sometimes I see your sister Birdie at the store. I remember so clearly when my dad, your tio Carlos, told me what had happened and how my heart hurt so much to hear of your tragic passing. I remember how your dad, tio Beto was so devastated and broken hearted he was never the same. I don't live on the South Side anymore but I still think of you when I pass by the park that was named after you and if I am with someone in the car I tell them that park was named for my cousin and I tell them what a good man you were and how you were taken so early. I was so proud of you when you became a police officer and even now after all these years I am still proud of you for doing something you held dear to your heart. My dear handsome cousin I will always remember you the way you were when we were young.

Aurora Cortinas

March 26, 2015

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