On August 17, 2022, at about 12:18 p.m., the Dallas Police Gang Unit responded to 221 Starr Street regarding an investigation into stolen vehicles at the home. Dallas Police were following up on an anonymous tip regarding a wanted suspect and vehicles at the location.
The preliminary investigation determined officers went to the front of the house and attempted to contact the people inside. The two officers knocked on the front door and the suspect, Paublo Ramos, 53, opened the door, then immediately shut and locked it after seeing the officers.
Officers requested additional police at the scene, and a perimeter was set up around the location.
Once other gang unit elements arrived, anyone that was inside the home was asked to exit. Six people left the house, but Ramos did not exit.
Dallas Police arrested Johnny Hernandez, 28, and Angel Marquez, 32, both had warrants for their arrests.
Hernandez in Dallas County. Marquez in Bexar County.
In the backyard, officers found a stolen vehicle that was in the process of being stripped of parts, they also located other vehicles on the property that appeared to be stolen and contacted the Dallas Police Auto Theft Unit, which obtained a search warrant for the location.
SWAT responded and, over the next few hours, tried to make contact with the suspect, asking him via loudspeaker to come out of a hiding spot in the attic and surrender. SWAT also deployed gas into the house in an effort to have Ramos exit, with no response.
At approximately 6:50 pm, SWAT inserted a camera in the attic of the home and located Ramos unable to exit on his own. SWAT then cut a hole in the roof to safely remove him.
Medical aid was started by a SWAT Doctor and Dallas Fire Rescue, and Ramos was taken to a local hospital by DFR, where he died at 7:53 PM.
The Dallas Police Special Investigations Unit is conducting a death in custody investigation.
The Dallas Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy.
The Office of Police Community Oversight and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office were made aware of the incident.
The District Attorney’s Office will conduct their own investigation.
IN AN EFFORT TO BE TRANSPARENT, THE DALLAS POLICE DEPARTMENT IS RELEASING THE BODY-WORN CAMERA FOOTAGE OF THE INCIDENT.
PER THE WISHES OF RAMOS’ FAMILY – HIS FACE HAS BEEN OBSCURED.