Damien Ramirez, Sex Offender, ID'd as Carjacker Gunned Down After Wild Chase

As we've reported, there have been plenty of police shootings in Colorado of late.

Indeed, there was one at 3:20 p.m. yesterday on the 111000 block of Huron Street, when an officer with the Northglenn Police Department shot a man who allegedly had opened fire on cops responding to a report of a "male party with a gun," according to the NPD. The suspect was hospitalized but survived, and no police officers were injured.

But while some of these incidents, including the January death of seventeen-year-old Jessie Hernandez, have been controversial, the gun-down of Damien Ramirez is unlikely to follow suit.

That's because Ramirez is a sex offender who was slain after he carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint, led law enforcement on a wild highway chase and was shooting back at officers when he was killed.

There are no shortage of mug shots online featuring Ramirez. The New Mexico resident has been in trouble with the law numerous times over the years, typically in relation to sex crimes. Here's a screen capture posted after his 2009 arrest for second-degree criminal sexual penetration.

As you can see, Ramirez was 24-years-old at the time.

According to the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, Ramirez crossed the radar of Colorado law enforcement at around 6:26 a.m. on Saturday, June 6. That's when the Colorado State Patrol received a report of a single car crash on Interstate 70 near mile marker 324.

Just under an hour later, at 7:20 a.m. an Araphaoe County deputy arrived at the scene to check on the folks involved. Shortly thereafter, a state trooper spotted a man walking along the highway a ways from the crash site.

The man — Ramirez — was allegedly armed with a handgun, and when the trooper tried to contact him, he responded by carjacking a red Chevy Tahoe.

From there, the chase was on, with speeds reportedly exceeding 100 miles per hour. It ended about fourteen miles later, on the Exit 310 off-ramp near Strasburg. Ramirez and law enforcers both opened fire, with the former dying in the resulting hail of bullets.

An Arapahoe County deputy wound up firing the fatal shot. He's been placed on standard administrative leave pending the completion of an investigation into the matter.

Here's a 7News image from the aftermath.... well as a look at the Tahoe....

...and the I-70 backup caused by the incident:

Why did Ramirez rabbit? Two warrants were pending in his name at the time of his death — one pertaining to a parole violation for a sex-assault conviction, the other for violating his probation related to a separate rape.

Look below to see the New Mexico booking photo released by the ACSO at the time of Ramirez's identification, followed by a 7News report broadcast prior to him being ID'd.

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