A man who was shot by a Napa police officer Tuesday remains in critical condition at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center today, Napa County sheriff’s Capt. Tracey Stuart said this afternoon. Pablo Ramirez, 37, who is believed to be a Napa resident, was shot once in the upper right chest by officer around 8:10 p.m. in a parking lot off Gasser Drive in Napa, Stuart said. Ramirez was one of three men who were in a Honda that was under surveillance by the Napa Special Investigations Bureau. The bureau’s agents had information that a person in the Honda, Ramirez, had a felony warrant for his arrest for violating his probation for an assault with a deadly weapon conviction, Stuart said.
Four agents approached the car to arrest Ramirez who was seated in the front passenger seat, Stuart said. Ramirez was shot in the chest during an altercation with one of the agents, Stuart said. The initial report from the hospital was that Ramirez was expected to recover, but he was determined to be in critical condition, Stuart said. Ramirez was in possession of methamphetamine at the time of the shooting, Stuart said. The Napa police officer, who is a member of the Napa Special Investigations Bureau, was placed on paid administrative leave. His identity is expected to be released late today or on Friday. The driver of the Honda had a misdemeanor traffic warrant for his arrest and was booked into the Napa County Department of Corrections, Stuart said. The other passenger in the Honda was released. The Napa County Major Crimes Task Force, comprised of the Napa Police Department, Napa County Sheriff’s Office, Calistoga Police Department and the Napa County District Attorney’s Office, is investigating the officer-involved shooting.
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