KCSO releases body-cam footage of Wasco shooting that killed deputy, 4 others

Officer-Involved Shooting

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Footage that captured a fierce gun battle between SWAT deputies and a man who authorities say fatally shot three family members and a deputy was released by the sheriff’s office Thursday.

This image captures the moment when Jose Ramirez first fired at deputies, according to sheriff’s officials.

The 14-minute video contains body-camera footage and audio from multiple 911 calls, including one made by gunman Jose Manuel Ramirez Jr., who sheriff’s officials say fatally shot Deputy Phillip Campas and wounded other deputies. Ramirez was shot and killed after climbing to the roof of his Wasco home.

A neighbor’s surveillance camera captured a chilling moment as Ramirez chased one of his sons through a yard then pointed a gun at the back of his head. The video is edited at that point; sheriff’s officials say the son was shot immediately afterward.

The shooting, one of the deadliest in Kern County history, took the lives of Campas, 35, Viviana Ramirez, 42, Jose Ramirez, 24, Angel Ramirez, 17, and Jose Ramirez, 41.

Viviana was the partner of Jose Ramirez, and Jose and Angel their sons.

The deputies who fired their weapons were found by a review board to have acted within department policy, sheriff’s officials said.

About 1 p.m. on July 25, multiple 911 calls came in about a man shooting people inside a home at 1718 1st Street.

“I need someone really quick,” one caller told a dispatcher. “There’s someone with a gun in the house.”

“It’s the dad,” the caller says, her voice rising. “He has a gun and he’s shooting.”

Deputies arrived five minutes later and were immediately shot at from inside the home. Officials freeze the video for several seconds at the moment the first shot is fired. The deputy whose camera captured the shot then scrambles for cover.

The deputies weren’t hit. They set up a perimeter and requested the SWAT team.

Viviana and the two sons had already been killed at that point, but that wasn’t learned until later, sheriff’s officials said.

An armored vehicle and SWAT deputies surrounded the area by 2:07 p.m.

As SWAT deputies took up position, multiple 911 calls came from inside the residence, officials said.

In one, a man who identifies himself as “Jose” requests an ambulance at 1718 1st St. “because my son is on the floor,” according to audio contained in the footage. “He got shot.”

The dispatcher asks who shot him.

“I don’t know,” Jose responds. Speaking in a whisper, he continues to ask for paramedics.

He hangs up but calls back and again asks for an ambulance. He says someone else is in the house, and denies drinking or doing drugs.

“No, no, I haven’t been doing nothing,” he says. Then he again asks for an ambulance.

SWAT made multiple announcements by loudspeaker telling Jose Ramirez to come out with his hands in the air. There was no response.

Officials said SWAT was made aware of 911 calls coming from inside the home with what sounded like labored breathing.

Believing wounded victims were inside, SWAT decided to make entry. At 2:53 p.m., a hostage rescue team moved toward the front door.

Ramirez opened fire, killing Campas and wounding Deputy Dizander Guerrero, sheriff’s officials said. Two other deputies were hit by shrapnel.

Dozens of shots are heard in the video as deputies return fire and move Campas to another area. He was later pronounced dead at Kern Medical.

SWAT again tried to communicate with Ramirez. He said nothing in response, but continued to fire shots from inside the house, officials said.

Ramirez at one point goes to a side yard and peers at deputies through a wooden fence while holding a rifle. He goes back inside shortly afterward.

Around 6:30 p.m., Ramirez leaves the house by a side door and climbs onto the roof armed with a handgun and AK-47-style rifle. Deputies fatally shoot him.

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