Warrant Issued For Man Suspected Of Assaulting Officer

Warrant Issued For Man Suspected Of Assaulting Officer

News Staff

A man accused of assaulting an officer during an April domestic violence call, prompting police to shoot him, failed to show up for a scheduled court hearing Thursday, prompting a judge to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Rigoberto Ramirez, 44, of Indio, is charged three felony charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer, resisting or deterring an officer using a deadly weapon and willful child cruelty.

Ramirez was scheduled to be in court for a felony settlement conference Thursday morning, but when it was discovered he was not present, Judge Harold Hopp issued a $50,000 bench warrant.

The charges stem from a May 30 domestic violence call at a home in the 81200 block of Daffodil Court in Indio. The caller told dispatchers that the suspect — later identified as Ramirez — would kill police and relatives in the home if officers showed up, according to Indio police spokesman Benjamin Guitron.

When officers arrived, they found a man in the front yard holding what was believed to be a rifle, according to Guitron.

Officers tried to subdue him using “less than lethal” methods, but he did not put down the weapon — which turned out to be a pellet gun — and allegedly assaulted Officer Joshua DeJong with it, according to the criminal complaint.

With Ramirez still holding the weapon, an officer eventually opened fire, striking the suspect, Guitron said. Official reports do not indicate how many rounds were fired at Ramirez, who, after being wounded in the shoulder, went back inside the home but then came back out and was subdued by a police canine,

A handgun also was found on Ramirez when he was taken into custody, according to Guitron.

No other injuries were reported. At least one other adult — believed to be the man’s wife — was inside the home during the shooting. Court documents allege that Ramirez also caused “unjustifiable pain and mental suffering” to an underage girl identified only as Jane Doe.