A man shot and killed by a Sebastopol police officer responding to a domestic disturbance on Thanksgiving Day has been identified as Petaluma resident Pablo Perez Ramirez. Ramirez, 25, was shot when an officer responded to a call at an apartment complex in the 7000 block of Fellers Lane in Sebastopol around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday. The female caller told police she was alone in her apartment, and her ex-boyfriend was pounding on the back door, police said.
The ex-boyfriend walked around to the front door and continued to bang on the door while the woman spoke to dispatchers, police said. The first officer to arrive on the scene, Officer Dennis Colthurst, a 31-year veteran with the Police Department, found Ramirez at the top of a staircase, with Colthurst standing beneath him. Colthurst ordered him down the stairs, but Perez allegedly became uncooperative after climbing part of the way down, and then brandished a handgun at the officer, according to police.
Colthurst then fired three shots at Perez, who fell at the top of the stairs. Emergency medical personnel pronounced him dead at the scene, and police found a loaded revolver near his body.Following county protocol for such incidents, the Santa Rosa police and the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office will be investigating the shooting. Santa Rosa police said Ramirez has a criminal history including convictions for carrying a loaded firearm in 2005 and for driving under the influence in 2007, as well as an arrest for resisting a peace officer in 2008. He has been released into the custody of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement three times, in 2007, 2008 and 2010.
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