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Douglas Hyde

Saturday, March 28, 2015. AARON HUMES Reporting: The Police Department is investigating the death of one of their own in mysterious circumstances on Thursday night.

28 year old Shannon Gene Ramirez, police constable of Aloe Vera Street, came home around 6:30 in the evening and went to his room, thereafter a single gunshot was heard and shortly after that his body was discovered lying on the floor face down, a black 9mm Taurus pistol with six live rounds in the magazine and an expended shell lying nearby.

But did he inflict it to himself, or did someone kill him? A post-mortem examination is scheduled.

Meanwhile, officers are mourning Constable Ramirez’s death. A former community policing officer, he was well liked and Community Public Relations Coordinator Douglas Hyde remembered him as being dependable and an important asset for the Police Department.

Douglas Hyde

Douglas Hyde

Hyde says officers he spoke to on Thursday night were as shocked and stunned as he was as the constable did not indicate any issues with depression. Apart from the “deep hurt” the Department feels, Ramirez will be remembered as a “cool” person who made people smile. Speaking about the unique pressures officers face as the “thin blue line” representing law and order, Hyde says Eastern Division specifically and the Police generally are seeking means of referral for counseling to the official counseling center, likely through the Ministry of Human Development and the Public Service, and the Department is also seeking in-house counselors. While the Department encourages officers to always be professional, Hyde says, it recognizes that home and societal pressures may make this difficult.

According to reports Ramirez had a relationship with a woman police officer attached to the Gang Suppression Unit (GSU) however authorities could not say if she was at home at the time of the incident or indeed if anyone was with Ramirez at the time.

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