Texas, Kendall County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) Deputy Carlos Ramirez was killed in the line of duty on Tuesday after a motorist struck him and his partner while they were conducting a traffic stop on I-10 near mile marker 533 at 7:30 am.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, the driver of a black pickup truck struck Deputy Ramirez and the other deputy before striking the vehicle that had been pulled over.
Deputy Ramirez, a three-year veteran-of-the-force, succumbed to his injuries.
— Grand Prairie Police (@GrandPrairiePD) July 2, 2019
The other deputy and the driver of the vehicle they had stopped were both rushed to a local hospital, and both have since been released, KSAT reported.
“This is a reminder of the sacrifices that law enforcement officers all across this county make every day,” Kendall County Sheriff Al Auxier said. “Every time they put on their uniform as they go out to try to make their communities a safer place to live.”
Sheriff Auxier said Deputy Ramirez had been with the sheriff’s department since 2016. Deputy Ramirez also served as an Army reservist and had been deployed to Africa in 2018.
Sheriff Auxier said that this was the first line-of-duty death within the department in many years.
“I wore this uniform for 25 years,” Sheriff Auxier. “And I did this many times for 25 years, but not from this perspective. I’ve spent time with his wife. So it’s a different outlook – a different experience.”
According to his obituary, Deputy Ramirez leaves behind his spouse, Jessica, as well as his children, 7-year-old Ava, and 11-year-old Alex.
“We would like to give more thanks to the community for their love and continued support to our family. We would like to thank the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office for their continued gratitude and devotion shown to our family. We ask that you continue to keep us in your thoughts and prayers,” the Ramirez family said in a statement.
Deputy Ramirez will be laid to rest on Thursday, July 11, according to his obituary.