An Unarmed California Man Threatens to Kill Himself — Police Allegedly Arrive And Hit Him With A Stun Gun and Then Shoot Him To Death

Police in Keyes, California are investigating why police officers killed an unarmed 32-year-man after first shooting him with a stun gun. Family members called police to tell them that George Ramirez was suffering from depression and threatening suicide. The Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputy is now on administrative leave. According to reports, Deputy Art Parra Jr. has been on the force for six years.

Ramirez reportedly had a history of depression and the family said that they wanted to get him help. When police arrived, Ramirez reported demanded to know “Who sent you to arrest me? Where’s your credentials?” The single officer reportedly used the stun gun soon after arriving at the scene and family members said that the shot caused Ramirez to fall to the floor. They insisted that he had not threatened the deputy. When Ramirez got back on his feet, the family says the deputy proceeded to shoot him three times in the torso. The father says that after the officer killed his son, three other officers arrived and started pointing guns at him and the family.

We have not heard the officer’s account, who was reportedly not injured.

The absence of a gun does not necessarily rule out a justified use of lethal force. The facts as stated by the family however are quite disturbing and the absence of a weapon raises serious questions of excessive use of force by the officer. I am also not sure of why the officer did not just the stun gun again rather than lethal force.

Source: KCRA as first seen on Reddit

51 thoughts on “An Unarmed California Man Threatens to Kill Himself — Police Allegedly Arrive And Hit Him With A Stun Gun and Then Shoot Him To Death

  1. Unfortunate…… Very unfortunate….I wonder if the deputy was wearing a lapel cam….. That could give us the answers to questions that troubles me….. FYI….. A NASA invention I hear…..

  2. So, everyone got what they wanted – whats the problem? Moer and more people are discovering calling the police may not be the best solution. Its like consulting a surgon because you have a cold – they are going to recommend an operation. To paraphrase, when EVERY tool you have is a hammer anything can look like a nail.

  3. The stun gun or taser is deadly force and will kill and does kill people. What do you do officer, get a heart report from his physician before you shoot the guy? The gunpoweder variety is more lethal. Both are use of deadly force.

    If you think tasers are safe then shoot your mom once a day when you go visit the old lady in the nursing home. Or if they are ok then shoot the entire Board of Police Commissioners on the day they consider their budget. Tell them to up the insureance if they buy any tasers.

  4. Frankly,
    lol you’re the man today.

    I learned as a kid that 200 ma hand to hand (ie cross torso) would give fatal heart fibrillation. Guess if that knowledge or the caution it implies are included in the training?

  5. When do we get the first ALEC law authorizing sales of reduced strength tazers for over the counter unregistered sales? And an accompanying law to authorize use in domestic quarrels, NB only family use is OK, no outsiders may bring them to the party.

    Uh huh, we do already!?!
    (imitation of Jon Stewart on the phone with the control room).

  6. Maybe they thought it would work like shock treatments. the police often have to deal with mentally ill people and often are woefully prepared. Back in the day when I worked as a psychiatric tech, i noticed that cops seemed far more freaked out by even moderately disturbed people they’d bring to the hospital than just about anyone else who ever came with a patient.

  7. I have talked with others similarly situated and we think this LEO acted reasonable under the circumstances.

  8. bettykath

    If the boys get a new toy they just have to show it off.


    How true. ;)

    Dentists, in my opinion, are even better examples of that than cops. Of course, they seldom kill people.

  9. We don;t know, as article says, if or what Ramirez said or did. This may have been, very sadly, a situation of ‘suicide by cop’

  10. That young man was no threat to the cop and did not deserve to die like this. I’ve known the family my whole life. And to Mr. Art Parra (officer) I really wish that one day one of your kids dies on the floor of your kitchen shot 3 times choking on his own blood after been electricuted so you can understand what you’ve done to these people you coward pos assasin.

  11. Cops are out of control everywhere. When is it going to be time for another beer summit and complete retraining of every police force in the nation? The public is getting sick of this abuse and tragedy.

  12. shano,
    Where ever you are … just got this from a friend whose husband brought it home from work:
    “99% SPRING TRAINING: Volunteers may attend a 99% Spring Training that will take place at the Union Hall on Day, Date, Time. Training will be in non-violent direct action against social injustices. Everyone is welcome to join.”
    Too cool. A bunch of us have signed up. We don’t belong to the Union but we called the Union Hall just to make sure it was okay and the secretary told us it’s a come one, come all and that they’re getting an over-whelming response from members and non-members alike.


  14. There is great need for public servants namely the police of every city in this country to be policed by the communities they serve. They have murdered to many people and have gotten away with it.

  15. With all respect to veterans, their training is not police training. As MCM said; Evaluating and avoiding escalation is primary for any warrior. But our war vets aren’t trained for that, I suspect. Every MF is a danger in their world. As long as we take many of our police from that pool then we will have worsening problems.

    I think the comment from the ER was the best´evaluation so far.

  16. Why doesn’t the legal defense bar do more to help rid the country of
    outlaw LEOs? Why don’t rich PI attorneys do more?

    No money in “prevention”.

    Police: n., armed force for protection and participation.

  17. Blouise: Eric Holder should require all police go to this training. Hell, they should be running their own courses on non violence.

  18. Blouise,
    Today Googled 99% training. Thanks for mentioning it. Read WalMart Tool Kit. Great stuff. How to exert real pressure is in numbers, meeting with Walmart 1% and store managers will give only answers decided from above.
    It all depends on how good a media image we can create, which will be what gives them the incentive. Their income from the public is their softspot.
    This may be the way. Encouraging.

  19. It is disturbing to me that so often these cops get suspended sentences etc. for crime they should get life in prison for.

  20. Florida Statute 782.11 which was the original charge that the officers intended to use against Zimmerman on 2/26/2012 was a form of manslaughter applying to police who were in the act of apprehending someone who was actually COMMITTING A FELONY at the time. It does make sense that a police officer should not be criminally punished for killing when he is actually preventing a crime and the police effort “goes south” without his meaning to commit such an irremediable aggression. BUT that is a far cry from (a) a non-police person killing someone who was NOT committing a crime or (b) a police person killing an unarmed person who was merely acting upset. We’re just a society that does not emphasize responsibility, accountability, or decent behavior. What we have in place of all that is torts and crimes, and frankly, that will never work.

  21. I think he would have gone down with the first shot, does that mean he was on the floor for the second and third?

  22. The cop will be put one Paid Leave untill they can find a judge that will release him back to work,and that won`t take long at all…two,three hours at the most.

  23. The monoloid cop did all his I.Q. permitted him to do. He is a trained idiot for the NEW WORLD ORDER BANKERS. HE IS A PIECE OF GARBAGE.

  24. Art Parras Jr, (Sheriff Deputy)

    Whats 15 seconds??? To many nothing. But I would like to know what they were for you??? To be able to read your mind and see what made you take that choice. 15 seconds, what probably took you to make our world cloudy and a nightmare because in 15 seconds took my cousin life away. Maybe you should see the heart broken look my aunt carries or the deep desperate look of the father who sits lost in a different world. All because of your 15 seconds of glory that your index finger enjoyed on Monday. Do you sleep bastard???? If you do maybe you can give my aunt, uncle and his brothers 15 seconds of your glory sleep!!!! Our pain is here to stay, our world is pitch black and we cant see but what has been descirbe to us of what you have created in our world. If you have kids, sit back and think of your child being murdered infront of you as you lay helpless as a parent. All they asked for was help for their son, not your thoughtless actions!!! We looked for help, an exit. Instead you brought us a door to an avenue with much grief, anger, and much sorrow. Here we are in this path, helpless again, afraid to ask for help!!
    Mr. Parra, you have crushed a great family…… Can we get our 15 seconds back????

    Ill miss you George and soo will the family!!
    Anthony Valenzuela

  25. The news of George is devastating. I knew him briefly. I say briefly because life is so short as it is, and George’s life was unjustly cut short. I knew him in his early teens. When life is so innocent, so uncomplicated. I can’t imagine what he must’ve went through during those last moments of his life. As I read the details, I can’t fit into my mind how something like this could happen to such a beautiful family. It made me want to hug my children tight and pray for a time where no one could ever harm our lived ones again, a time when we can see George again. May our creator keep you in His memory and may the next time you open your eyes and take once again your first breaths, you find yourself in the eternal peace of Gods Kingdom where you will no longer be anguished by the stinging pangs of depression. And may He place His hand upon your family and soothe their aching hearts. See you on the other side George.

  26. When a tazer is deployed within a short distance they often loose connection which is why Ramirez probably got back up and then walked towards the Deputy then giving the Deputy no choice but to use deadly force with a lethal weapon. What people don’t understand is that law enforcement tools much like any other persons tools in their own proffesions sometimes don’t work. This man was mentally ill and this article falls short of explaining that this poor man was acting hositle and not complying with the Deputy’s orders and therefore this incident resulted in a tragic outcome. In regards to the deputies who responded to the scene they had no idea who shots were fired at. All they heard over the radio was “tazer deployed” and “shots fired” shortly afterwards. For all they know their fellow brother and co-worker had been shot at. In this case they were justified in pointing guns at the parents in case they were pontential threats. This is sad and unfortunate but the fact of the matter is that Deputy’s only goal is to get home at the end of the day to his own family and shooting the mentally ill and hostile victim not complying with his orders was the only option left after he tried one and then failed because of a faulty resource.

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  28. I live in Keyes my whole town is in danger b cuz of that psychopath that is allowed to carry a gun. I met the family gve the dad a hug. I demand justice!! Instead of pressing charges on him they gave him a promotion.R.I.P George Ramirez

  29. George was never hotsile to the officer. Thats what the father told me. So there was no exuse to tazer and shoot him. The family was never hostile to Parra so there was no reason to point the gun at the family. One member of the family said ” I Thought he was going to kill us all” they all feard for there lives including a 15 year old child. After he was tazerd and fell to the ground.

    QUESTION why did parra not go over to his body(that was still laying on the ground) and handcuffhim .Hes suppose to do that its policy

    ANSWER Parra waited for him to get up so he can kill him and get away with. Parra killed George becouse a few days before and officer not far from keyes was killed by a mad man so parra shot George as a form of vengence. Gorge had nothing to do with the officer’s murder. But for parra George represented the officers killer. He chose George b cuz he was suicidal. After the officers murder there were many suspisous cases of officers shooting people. It happnes alot when ever a cop is killed.

    QUESTION how do i know why he shot George
    ANSWER a former cop told me
    IF you live in Stanislous county conctact the district attornys office and our congressmen and DEMAND JUSTICE!

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