George Kelly

East Bay Times

The city’s police department released a video combining body-camera footage, 911-caller recordings and limited information Thursday about the fatal shooting of a homicide suspect in a residential driveway last May.

The homicide, which happened May 1, was the city’s seventh of the year. County coroner’s bureau staff later identified the victim as 65-year-old transient Mike Lorenzo.

“We take the use of force very seriously, especially when it results in a death,” Hayward Police Chief Toney Chaplin said in a statement.

“We’re sharing this information with our community, so you have as much information as possible to create additional transparency as the Department continues to investigate this matter.”

According to newly released details Thursday, police responded just before 2:30 p.m. May 20 to the 22000 block of Wildwood Street near Kelly Street after receiving information that Stoney Ramirez, 23, might be there. Investigators had been seeking Ramirez, who was on searchable probation in an assault that ended in great bodily injury to another victim, as a person of interest in the homicide, police said.

As Officers Kyle Martinez and Dynaton Tran and an unnamed undercover police detective approached a residence on Wildwood, they saw Ramirez sitting inside a white vehicle parked in the driveway, and tried to block it from leaving.

In body-worn camera footage, officers can be seen ordering Ramirez to stop, with Ramirez using the car to back into a police vehicle behind him as officers stand nearby. All three officers fire their weapons at Ramirez, then coordinate on approaching him, fearing he was armed and uncertain of his injuries. Officers then removed Ramirez from the vehicle and gave him first aid until paramedics arrived, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office declined to look into the shooting after a request by the city manager, but the police department will continue investigations, with its criminal investigations bureau looking into Ramirez’s actions and its internal-affairs unit assessing the officers’ actions.

“The Hayward Police Department is still in the process of conducting this investigation and our understanding of this incident may change as additional evidence is collected, analyzed, and reviewed,” a police statement read in part, adding that the department took no position on officer actions until an investigation was complete.

Some residents have protested against recent department actions, including the Alameda County District Attorney’s clearing of two officers who fatally shot Augustin Gonsalez on Nov. 15, 2018, as well as the May injury shooting of Eric “Gato” Rosalia, and called for swift and substantive reform at minimum.

Information about this and other incidents may be seen at the department’s critical-incident page.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.


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