A drug dealer shoots two policemen during a raid, then flees while out on bail.

Roberto Ramirez with a mustache

Roberto Ramirez

Suspect:

Gender: Male
DOB: 7/20/57
Height: 5’6”
Weight: 210 lbs.
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Brown

CASE DETAILS

Three police officers with guns drawn using their cruiser for cover

Police raided Ramirez’s home

Acting on a tip in February of 1989, detectives in Oakland, California, staked out a liquor store parking lot. They watched as a suspected drug dealer named Roberto Ramirez conducted a sale. Ramirez was no ordinary dealer. He distributed cocaine from Oakland to Los Angeles. According to former Oakland Police Detective Clint Ojala, word on the street was that Ramirez would do absolutely anything for money:

“He would often deal out of his house. But most often, he’d meet people at different locations. He’d often have his two small children, grammar school age, carry the cocaine in back packs and bring it to the buyers that way.”

Days later, after obtaining a search warrant, police converged on the Ramirez home. Oakland and Fairfield officers were in on the raid. No one knew what to expect from Ramirez. Marc Burrell was part of the Oakland police team:

“My assignment was to pry open the iron grate on the front door. The safest entry that we make is a quick entry. It gives the people inside less time to prepare and normally we catch them in surprise mode.”

A police officer being carried into an ambulence by paramedics

An officer was shot and evacuated

Det. Mark Smith of the Fairfield Police Department:

“My position was to cross in front of the house and I would cover the window and the side of the house to catch anybody trying to flee or any attack coming through the front window.”

At 1:42 A.M., the raid came down. As the authorities pried open the iron gate and kicked in the door, Ramirez suddenly appeared at a side window and began shooting. Two officers were hit. Severely injured, Detective Smith was dragged from the line of fire. Officer Burrell took refuge under Ramirez’s window. Burrell said that when the shooting stopped, he was helped by other officers to a patrol car:

“I took a physical check of myself. My legs worked. I was thinking clear. My left arm didn’t work. My shoulder was numb.”

Ramriez kneeling with hands above his had while police approach him with guns drawn

Police arrested Ramirez

But the other officer wasn’t so lucky. Detective Smith was bleeding and had to be quickly evacuated to a waiting ambulance.

Using a bull horn, the police urged Ramirez to surrender. But he stayed put. Reinforcements arrived from eight other police departments until 30 heavily armed officers surrounded the house.

After a two-hour standoff, Ramirez finally came out, hiding behind his wife, who was eight months pregnant, and their children, ages 10 and 6. According to Det. Ojala, it was a tense moment for everyone:

“He had already shot two of our police officers and he had a lot of time to think about what he had done. Anything can happen. You don’t know what’s going through their mind at that point.”

Left: Ramirez's Mug Shot, Right: A mug shot of his wife

Ramirez and his wife disappeared

Thankfully, Roberto Ramirez surrendered peacefully. He was arrested on two counts of attempted murder, as well as a laundry list of drug and assault charges. Ramirez was released after posting bail of one million dollars. Six months later, just before his trial, he and his wife packed up their children and disappeared. They’re still on the run.

Marc Burrell eventually recovered from the shooting, but not completely:

“I was shot through the upper left arm. It severed the nerves in my left arm and left me with no feeling, although I have strength and muscle flexibility in the arm. I just don’t have any feeling in it.”

Detective Mark Smith’s wounds were more serious:

“I remember muzzle flashes, and then my next memory was that it felt like I’d been hit with a baseball bat in the stomach. I can’t remember or pronounce most of the things that it damaged, but it was most of the internal organs in my abdomen. I’m always going to have the scars and the pain. But it would give me some satisfaction if he was caught and was in jail and serving his time and paying for what he’s done.”


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21 Comments

  1. Elias

    PERKIN RAMIREZ

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  2. Erick

    He’s either in Houston or Mexico, and if he’s dead they need more info from his daughter.
    If ya shoot an officer there shouldn’t be bail period! just get rid of bail so scum like this can flee and in this case never be seen or heard from since!

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    • Mr. O

      If someone just barged into your home, brandishing guns, would you not defend yourself as well? This laughable war on drugs is carried out by cops who have the mindset of, “Personal choice doesn’t matter if it is against the law!”. Yes, personal choice does matter. What I choose to put in my body is my choice and my decision to make. Not yours. Not power hungry police. Mine. If cops weren’t still fighting the war on drugs, a war hopelessly lost on their part, maybe things like this wouldn’t happen. Quit being a bootlicker and think for yourself.

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      • Terry

        You sound simple

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      • Tony

        What your saying is not what 99% of people would agree with. He was doing heavy criminal activity and he had to be stopped. He lost his rights as a free individual once he did what he did repeatedly. Most would not agree with your statement above. I’m glad your logic is the minority not the majority. Peace out.

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        • Bart

          You can inject, eat and put whatever you want inside your own body, this is of no concern nor interest to us, members of society in my opinion… What is important is the effects and long term consequences on our social well-being, the impact of your repeated actions on our common health and wealth. Wether it is with drugs, wallstreet, the war or other pretexts or contexts, corruption and actions that lead to violence, accidents involving innocent bystanders, abuse, addiction… are to be minimized. I mean, look at the context and the correlates, that is what matters most. We have data to indicate the high correlation between drug traffiking (not just using) and prostitution and abuse which is as well highly correlated with poor health conditions, violence and most importantly an affliction of the mind and body: ADDICTION. Healing of society in order to help the problem of addiction which destroys families, friendship and our daily happiness is the highest price to pay for the use, the popularization and traffiking of drugs… It is not about what you yourself use or inject…. Personnally I would love to have help if I am addicted and cannot provide to my family and be happy. Selling drugs is, in my opinion, one of the most despicable ways to earn a living, it is destructive and is taking advantage of sick and in need of help people… So, no, although I don’t like the corruption of the war on drugs which is too often a pretext to syphon money and so on by politicians and other parties in control (take the drug money, take the business, make it ours type of thing)… I would rename to this to action to help us heal from the addiction and affliction of addictive substances and its impact in and on society… Justifying drug traffiking by political corruption or personnal liberty does not help us nor make any logical sense if you take the time to think and debate about it and analyze context, correlation and the multiple affected variables connected.

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        • Elias

          cuando vueles a clases rober

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  3. Kyra Ramirez

    Do you guys know why his middle name was?

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  4. Shamaad Pais

    Update: The couple’s daughter came forward and agreed to be interviewed by investigators. She told them that her father had died in Mexico. However, this has not been proven and the couple are still considered fugitives.

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  5. Jose Waldron

    Hes probley in Mexico thats where alot of Hispanic murderers go at least here in az especially if he has a wife there

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  6. Eza215

    I know where he is at what’s the reward

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  7. Juan Alberto

    Heard Houston!! People say!

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  8. Jeremy

    I think he is in Houston

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  9. Anonymous

    Well, has any seen those people who look like them? Let the police know, please.

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  10. dee

    Ikno wer he at

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  11. sprinkles

    I swear they used to come into the salon where I worked. I didn’t know at the time that they were wanted fugatives. Haven’t seen him or the wife in a long time.

    Reply

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