Hours Long Standoff with FCSO SWAT team leads to Palm Coast Man’s Arrest

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March 19th, FCSO responded to Ricker Place regarding an armed domestic disturbance. The caller reported that a man, who was later identified as Luis Ramirez 56 years old, was intoxicated and had already fired one round from a pistol inside the home. The caller said they feared for their life due to the way Ramirez was brandishing the weapon. The caller, who will remain unidentified per Marsy’s Law, was able to flee the house and find shelter for the night elsewhere; leaving Ramirez the only occupant in the house.

The FCSO Crisis Negotiation Team attempted multiple times to get Ramirez to vacate the house peavefully, but he was refusing. Deputies decided to end negotiations and their high visibility presence in an effort to de-escalate and gain Ramirez’s cooperation. They did keep visual surveillance on the home, due to danger being posed to the neighbors.

March 20th, FCSO was able to obtain a warrant for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon Without Intent to Kill, and a search warrant for the weapon that was used. FCSO SWAT, Crisis Negotiation Team, and the Drone Unit went to the home once again in an attempt to have Ramirez exit the home. Ramirez refused to even communicate. After hours of unsuccessful attempts, FCSO SWAT used chemical agents to attempt to draw Ramirez out, and when he refused even then, FCSO SWAT entered the home and was able to remove Ramirez without further issue.

Ramirez was taken to AdventHealth-Palm Coast to be cleared medically, and then was transported to the jail. He is being held on a $25,000 bond. Ramirez’s photo and address are being withheld at this point, due to Florida Statute 119.071, because Ramirez is a former Law enforcement officer from another state.

“Thankfully, our SWAT Team, CNT, and Drone Unit were able to take this man into custody without anyone being injured,” said Sheriff Rick Staly. “Incidents like this are why our teams train extensively and why we have our tactical and armored equipment. With our technology, equipment, and training we were able to successfully resolve this high-risk situation without anyone being hurt; although there was some damage to the home so that we could safely deploy communications equipment and tactical gas. Thank you to the nearby community that sheltered in place to allow our deputies to do their job safely. Finally, I hope Mr. Ramirez gets the medical help he obviously needs.”

By Krys DeWind

Krys DeWind has been a Flagler County resident since 2016. She is active in her community and is always looking for ways to better it. She has a community first attitude which is one of the central founding ideals of the Flagler County Buzz.

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