Travis County DA to present Michael Ramos shooting case to grand jury

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May 29, 2020 - 9:58 pm
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AUSTIN ( -- The officer-involved fatal shooting of Michael Ramos will be presented to a special grand jury, Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore announced Friday night.

"I reviewed the case today with my Civil Rights Director, and we believe the investigation has progressed to the point that we can properly make this announcement," Moore said in a statement.

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On April 24, 42-year old Ramos was shot to death during a confrontation with Austin police officers at a southeast Austin apartment complex. Two officers opened fire on Ramos during the incident - Officer Mitchell Pieper, who fired a less-lethal bean bag round, and Officer Christopher Taylor, who fired the fatal shot with a rifle as Ramos attempted to drive away.

APD and the Texas Rangers have been investigating the shooting. On May 11, Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said a search of Ramos' vehicle and the surrounding area had not turned up a gun. The initial 911 call that prompted officers to respond to the scene reported a subject waving a gun in the air.

No date for the presentment has been determined, Moore said, because empaneling of grand juries in Travis County has been suspended since March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "We will present this case as soon as is practicable given the COVID-related constraints," Moore said.

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