WATCH: Austin Cops Shoot and Kill Man after 911 Caller Falsely Claims he had Gun

Carlos Miller

Austin cops claimed Michael Ramos was going to use his car as a weapon but videos show he was driving away from them.

​Michael Ramos had his hands in the air when an Austin police officer fired a bean bag at him, prompting the 42-year-old man to step into his car and drive away.

Another cop then fired several real rounds from his rifle, killing Ramos who was unarmed.

That cop, Christopher Taylor, claimed he feared that Ramos would use his car as a weapon against the cops. But the video shows Ramos was driving away from the cops when he was killed, trying not be killed himself.

In fact, the weapon that Ramos supposedly had that drew the attention of police did not exist – a detail Austin police did not acknowledge until nearly three weeks after the shooting which took place on April 24.

And police did not release body cam footage of the incident until last week, three months after the shooting that has led to protests in Austin.

Police also released the 911 from a person claiming that Ramos was sitting in the front seat of his car, pointing a gun at a woman who was sitting in the passenger's seat. The caller claimed the two were using methamphetatime but police have made no mention of finding any in the car.

Police have altered the voice of the caller, making it impossible to identify or determine the caller's gender, in order to "maintain the integrity of the investigation."

Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore said her office has been investigating whether to file charges against Taylor but will present its findings to the next district attorney who takes office in January after beating Moore in an election after running on a platform to hold cops accountable for their crimes.

The person who made the 911 call may also face charges, according to the Austin Statesman.

Travis County Attorney David Escamilla, whose office prosecutes misdemeanor offenses, confirmed that there have been discussions about the veracity of the 911 call and whether a crime might have been committed.

“We’ve been working with the district attorney’s office with regards to details of any misdemeanors, including false reports, that may be a result of the incident,” Escamilla said.

The Austin Police Department has jurisdiction in the case and could make an arrest if investigators determine the call was intentionally false. Police declined to comment on the apparent discrepancy between the report about the gun and evidence found at the scene.

“That’s part of the ongoing investigation,” a spokeswoman said Tuesday.

The identity of the 911 caller has not been made public and might not come out unless charges are filed. The caller’s voice in the recording available to the public has been altered to make it more difficult to identify. Police officials say doing so was necessary to maintain the integrity of the investigation.

Making a false report is typically a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in county jail. It’s a Class B misdemeanor when the false report is made to an officer.

A total of eight cops responded to the scene but bodycam videos from only five cops was released. Below is the video released by police and above is the shortened edited video that shows the shooting and contains a portion of the 911 call.

Read the in-custody death report where police claimed they feared Ramos was going to use his car as a weapon.

Comments (8)
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Fireskycam
Fireskycam

When you hold off on letting the full story out including if someone had a weapon or not for three months it makes you look dirty as hell.
When you don't release the body cams for three months it makes you look dirty.
Obviously they were hoping for something bigger to have happened already so everyone would have forgotten about it.

Steelwolf
Steelwolf

That was a clean takedown, good job guys glad none of the officers were hurt.

Why did the guy have to flee he could of just followed orders and none of this would of happen.

Doug256
Doug256

What exactly was the reason for the bean bag round even? Dude was standing there with his hands up. Freaking cops are cowards

PapaPsych
PapaPsych

Is there a Fleeing Felon rule in Texas?

Hilter
Hilter

The extraordinary thing here is, you can even hear the dispatcher questioning the caller (i.e. the jimmy big fibber whose lies cost the man his life). You can hear the dispatcher's tone change as she's trying to pin down exactly what the guy with the gun is doing - trying hard to change the nature of what she has to tell the cops over the radio, to lower the treat even a little probably. Since she knows if she can't she is just directing the cops to another execution and she's trying not to, then that's exactly what happens. And all those cops are armed up like a squad of Marines or Waffen SS about to storm a Viet cong bunker and they bloody well, want to use them on people... ugh.

ChillyDogg
ChillyDogg

The cop's fear was unreasonable therefore criminal.

supervisionrequired
supervisionrequired

the problem is that beanbag boy shot the victim, and then the victim freaked out and tried to get away from the threat! love to hear what poor excuse beanbag boy has..... like, ops the gun went off by accident. how about , ops your off to prison and you can take your trigger-happy butt-buddy with you!
as for the 911 caller...... charge him/ her/ it with a swatting charge that resulted in death!

StevenThomas1949
StevenThomas1949

Murder because they are afraid, but that too is a lie and the only place these cops should be is in prison!


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