Jul 27, 2023 - News

Miami-Dade police chief called mayor prior to shooting himself

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava

Mayor Daniella Levine Cava provides a health update on police director Alfredo Ramirez. Photo: Jose A. Iglesias/Miami Herald/Tribune News Service/Getty Images

Miami-Dade County police director and Alfredo "Freddy" Ramirez is "alert, awake and responsive" at a Tampa hospital as he recovers from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, county Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said at a press conference Wednesday.

Context: Authorities say Ramirez, a candidate for Miami-Dade sheriff who was in Tampa for a police conference over the weekend, shot himself on the side of I-75 Sunday after a reported domestic dispute at the hotel hosting the conference.

  • Police had responded to the hotel following a report of a man pointing a gun at his head earlier in the night.
  • Officers confronted Ramirez, who said he had been involved in an argument but did not take out a gun, Tampa Police said.

The latest: Levine Cava confirmed reporting from the Miami Herald that Ramirez called her Sunday night after the incident at the hotel to offer his resignation.

  • "He was very remorseful, and I reassured him that we would talk the following morning," Levine Cava told reporters.
  • Ramirez said he was driving back to Miami and she told him to get home safely.
  • She called the incident a "tragic reminder" of the role mental health plays in law enforcement Wednesday, and said Ramirez is now stable after undergoing surgery.

What's next: Levine Cava appointed an interim chief of public safety and interim director of Miami-Dade Police "until further notice."

  • Florida Highway Patrol and Florida Department of Law Enforcement are investigating the shooting.

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