Local man caught in airport after gunshot incident

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

After domestic strife escalated into multiple gunfire incidents over the weekend, Storm Lake Police solved the case just in time to catch the fleeing suspect while he was changing planes in Salt Lake City.

Shortly after 3:30 a.m. Saturday, police responded to the East 1st and Superior area and the 300 block of Geneseo on multiple reports of shots being fired.

Police checked the area, but did not locate any victims and residents in the area had no additional information.

Later Saturday morning, police received a tip on a vehicle possibly connected to the incident. Saturday afternoon, a witness reported finding a loaded handgun magazine on the ground in the 200 block of West 2nd Street. Police also found six spent .38 caliber cartridges on the ground in the area.

Investigators pursued leads throughout the day, discovering that Christian Ramirez, age 29 of Lakeside, had previously made threats to a former resident at the West 2nd Street residence near where the cartridges were found, related to a dissolved marriage and other domestic issues.

Officers learned that Ramirez had been at a another residence in the Rose Lane area around 3 a.m. Saturday and had been asked to leave. Shortly after that, gunshots were heard in the Rose Lane and Tulip Lane areas, but were not reported to police at the time. A short time later, the shots in the East 1st and Geneseo areas were reported.

Security camera footage was obtained from a camera at a home in the Rose Lake area that showed a dark-colored SUV fleeing from the area.

Later Saturday night police located the vehicle unoccupied, and obtained a search warrant for Ramirezís residence at 237 Elm Street in Lakeside. During the early morning hours Sunday,SLPD officers and Buena Vista County deputies executed the search warrant and seized a large amount of ammunition in multiple calibers, rifle magazines and a tactical vest.

Following the search warrant and other evidence and statements collected the SLPD acquired arrest warrants charging Christian Ramirez with Going Armed With Intent, a felony, Reckless Use of a Firearm and two counts of Harassment 2nd Degree. An area broadcast was put out to law enforcement to be on the lookout of Ramirez.

By 9 a.m. Sunday, police had learned that Ramirez had fled the area, and was at the Omaha airport boarding a plane for San Diego, California, which is just 17 miles from Tijuana, Mexico.

The SLPD coordinated information with the Omaha Airport Police and the Salt Lake City, Utah Airport Police in an attempt to locate Ramirez and arrest him. Late Sunday morning Ramirez was arrested without incident while changing planes at the Salt Lake City Airport. He was booked into the county jail in Salt Lake City awaiting extradition back to Iowa.

No injuries or property damage have been reported in the shooting incidents.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information connected to this incident is asked to contact the Storm Lake Police Department at 712-732-8010.

Ramirez faced charges in June after losing control of a pickup near Newell in a multiple roll-over accident that caused serious injuries to a passenger.

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