One man dead after officer-involved shooting on Ludlow Avenue in Clifton
Maxim Alter, WCPO Digital , Brian Mains, WCPO Digital
3:56 PM, Jul 24, 2013
10:55 AM, Jul 25, 2013
CINCINNATI - A man is dead after an officer-involved shooting near Ludlow Avenue in Clifton Wednesday afternoon.
The Hamilton County Coroner's Office said Roger Ramundo, 32, died from a gunshot wound shortly after 5:30 p.m.
"We are devastated by the loss of our son Roger," Ramundo's family said in a statement.
The Cincinnati Emergency Communications Center received a call from a mental health care provider at about 2:30 p.m. asking officers to respond to the area of Clifton and Ludlow Avenues.
The caller referenced a person suffering from mental health issues who was armed with a gun, according to interim Cincinnati Police Chief Paul Humphries.
Police were asked to locate the man and, if possible, take him to a hospital for psychiatric care.
Cincinnati police said a mental health response team of trained officers found the man, later identified as Ramundo, on the outdoor rear patio at Arlin's Restaurant at 307 Ludlow Avenue and tried to talk to him.
Officers said Ramundo became combative and a struggle followed. During the struggle, Tasers were deployed but had little effect. Ramundo then took out a handgun and fired a shot, according to a police report.
"We were advised at the beginning part of it that the person was involved with a gun," Humphries said. "A struggle ensued when shots were fired."
One officer fired two shots that hit Ramundo. He was then taken to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Ramundo's next-door neighbor in Clifton, who identified himself as Dan, said he's known Ramundo for years and has never had any issues.
Ramundo was not new to the neighborhood and Dan said he was always very friendly. However, he seemed a bit troubled recently.
"He did say something a couple of days ago. He said ‘I've had a rough time lately but I'm making it,' or something to that regard and I wasn't gonna' question him on that," Dan said. "That sounds a little significant to me. I know he's been struggling with some things, but violence...I don't understand it."
Earlier Wednesday, Humphries said an officer was injured by a Taser.
It was unclear, Humphries said, whether the officer involved was injured by her own Taser or someone else's.
"The loss of a life is always tragic, and the city of Cincinnati will keep the family and friends of the deceased in our thoughts and prayers," Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory said in an official statement. "As we wait for more information about the incident, it is important to remember that, as always, there will be three separate investigations, the criminal investigation, internal affairs and the citizens complaint authority. We will release more information about the incident as details are gathered."
Detectives were investigating the area around the patio at Arlin's after the incident. Police closed Ludlow Avenue from Telford to Clifton to investigate the incident for a short time.
A press conference will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cincinnati Police Headquarters.
WCPO digital reporter Kareem Elgazzar contributed to this report.