Mother’s frantic 911 call during stabbing of daughter, police shooting of suspect released

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AURORA, Colo. -- Police released a mother's frantic 911 call Monday that took place while a man was stabbing her daughter Saturday night.

The stabbing victim, a 28-year-old female, died. Police shot and killed the suspect when they arrived on the scene.

The call was made at 7:42 p.m. just three minutes before an officer shot a man dead. Police and neighbors say that man was stabbing his girlfriend to death in the middle of the street in the 700 block of Kenton Street.  The call from the mother of 28-year-old Mireya Ramirez began with a desperate plea for help.

June Simpson, Mother: "He stabbed my daughter and me over here at my house."
Dispatch Operator:  "He stabbed you?"
Simpson: "Yes."
Dispatch Operator: "Okay you and your daughter?"
Simpson: "Yes."

Moments later Simpson can be heard on the phone call screaming to her daughter.

Simpson: "Run around the car, run around the car, run around the car."
Dispatch Operator: "Ma’am is there somewhere you guys can go to get away from him?"
Simpson: "No, we’re trying."

In a Monday afternoon press conference, Aurora Police Chief Nicholas Metz said the officer who fired had no choice in his unsuccessful attempt to save Ramirez. “Neighbors said they could hear the officer yelling several times ‘drop that knife, drop that knife, Police,' and then they heard two gunshots.”

The 911 call ends soon after you hear two gunshots.

Dispatch Operator: "Where is your daughter?
Simpson: "She’s in the middle of the street laying down."
Dispatch Operator: "OK, is she awake?  Hello, is she awake?"
Simpson: Shoot him, shoot him! (sound of officer firing twice)

WARNING: The audio of the 911 phone call is highly emotional and may be disturbing for some listeners.

He said domestic violence calls are among the most dangerous his officers respond to. "And had he not gotten there and taken the action that he did, it`s likely that the suspect could`ve turned back on the mother who had already been stabbed by the suspect."

Police want domestic violence victims to seek help before the cry for help comes in a phone call to 911. "Most homicides and the highest lethality for victims is when they decide to leave relationships," said victims' services advoacte Carole O'Shea.

Police said they had been to the address before on a domestic violence complaint. They haven't said if it involved the man and woman in Saturday night's incident. Police said the couple had only been dating for a few weeks.

Ramirez was the mother of four children. Her boyfriend, who died from a police gunshot, has not been identified yet.

Police have placed the officer who fired the shots on administrative leave, while the case is under investigation. The officer’s identity has not been released but he is a 12-year veteran who has been involved in another shooting incident in his career.

If you or someone you know is in a violent relationship, seek help from the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or the Gateway Battered Women’s Shelter Services at 303-343-1851.

 

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