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Detective Rafael L. Ramos | New York City Police Department, New York New York City Police Department, New York

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Rafael L. Ramos

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch: Saturday, December 20, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 6335

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Police Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot and killed from ambush while sitting in their patrol car at the intersection of Myrtle and Thompkins Avenues in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

Both officers were participating in an anti-terrorism drill when a subject walked up to their patrol car and opened fire with a handgun, striking them both in the head and upper body multiple times. Other officers immediately pursued the the subject into a nearby subway station where the man committed suicide.

The subject was a gang member from Baltimore, Maryland, who had traveled to New York City specifically to ambush police officers. The man had published his intentions on social media prior to the shooting.

Officer Ramos had served with the New York City Police Department for two years and was assigned to the 84th Precinct. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of detective. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

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Detective Wenjian Liu
New York City Police Department, New York
End of Watch: Saturday, December 20, 2014
Cause: Gunfire

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I remember very vividly learning of your tragic murder in December 2014. As a long time resident of New York, I always held the men and women of the NYPD in the highest regard and was incredibly saddened to hear of this loss.

I am currently a recruit in the Los Angeles Sheriff Department Academy, Class 413. The loss of Officers Ramos and Liu fueled my desire to become a police officer, and I am always deeply appreciative of their sacrifice.

I sincerely hope my career and service will honor the memory of Detective Ramos.

Recruit Jeff Park
Culver City Police Department
April 16, 2016

 

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