*Update: On Jan. 3, Longmont Police Department released the name of the officer who fired the rifle as Master Police Officer Mike Kimbley.
According to LPD, “Master Police Officer (MPO) Mike Kimbley has served as a Longmont Police Officer since February 1992, almost 27 years. MPO Kimbley served for eight years in the Colorado Air National Guard and was deployed to Operation Desert Storm. Per policy, MPO Kimbley remains on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”
At 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2018, a call was received by the Longmont Emergency Communications Center by a male claiming “he tried to shoot himself with a six shot revolver and that he was using meth and heroin,” states a press release from Longmont Police Department (LPD).
LPD officers contacted the suspect who was a passenger in a vehicle. “The suspect told the
officers and dispatchers who he was on a cell with that he was armed, and that he would kill the officers and/or civilians,” states the press release.
A standoff ensued until the suspect exited the vehicle and headed toward a nearby apartment complex. The suspect ran to the apartment with his hand wrapped in a jacket.
“An officer then fired a shot from his rife,” states the press release.
Moments later the suspect entered a ground level apartment via the living room window. Residents inside the apartment confronted the suspect and were able to exit the apartment.
“The suspect was found inside the apartment by a SWAT robot at approximately at 6:48 a.m and was pronounced deceased by paramedics. The cause of the suspect’s death has not been determined,” states the LPD press release.
“The suspect, has been identified as Jesus M. Ramos, age 34, from Longmont. Jesus Ramos has a significant criminal history,” states the LPD.
The officer involved has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation as is LPD policy.
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