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BILLINGS, Mont. — A police dash camera captures footage just moments after Montana officer shot and killed an unarmed suspect.
The video of the April 14 shooting was released in early January. A coroner’s jury ruled last Wednesday that the shooting of Richard Ramirez by Billings Police Officer Grant Morrison was a justifiable homicide.
“I thought he was going to pull a gun on me,” Officer Morrison said in the video.
Ramirez was a passenger during a traffic stop in April in Billings, when Officer Morrison among other officers pulled him over.
Morrison told the jury that he ordered the passengers to put their hands up, KTVI reported.
The officer said he immediately recognized Ramirez as a suspect from a previous shooting the night before, KTVI said . He also said that he had to repeatedly tell the suspect to keep his hands up because Ramirez dropped his left hand several times.
“I told him I was going to shoot him if he didn’t listen to me and put his hands up.” Officer Morrison said in a Billings Gazette article.
Morrison did shoot him, but then when he walked away from the car he lost it, this was captured in the dash camera video above.
Ramirez’s family disagreed with the court’s decision and didn’t understand why he was shot, according to KTVI.
After the suspect’s death, a test revealed that Ramirez had a large dose of meth in his system that could be deadly to some people, KTVI reported.