BAILEY, N.C. (WNCN) — A Nash County man is dead following an officer-involved shooting in front of his home early Saturday morning.
The SBI is investigating the incident which happened outside a home on Maudis Road in Bailey.
“If I could, I would take the bullets for him,” said Francisa Ramirez, the mother of the man who was shot. “He was shot like an animal. If I would’ve known that they were gonna do that I would’ve stood in front of him and take the bullets for him.”
Francisa Ramirez always worries about her children when they go out, but she says she never imagined her 28-year-old son would be shot by deputies in her front yard.
“I was asleep and I heard like four or five shots,” Francisa Ramirez said. “I ran out and I saw my son on the floor bleeding and three cops just looking at him with a light.”
Francisa says her son’s name was Jonathan Ramirez.
Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone says they got a call at around 5 a.m. from a woman saying she was assaulted and the man responsible had a gun.
Stone says when they arrived they found a man inside a car. Stone says he then got out of his car with a shotgun in his hand — and that’s when officers shot him.
Stone says he cannot tell if the man fired at deputies.
“I have not looked at the shell casings or anything, but we do know that he had taken the weapon out of the vehicle,” said Stone.
Ramirez died at the scene. His mother says she doesn’t know who could have called the police and says she didn’t hear anything until the gunshots woke her up.
“I just wanted to pray for him and I begged the police and I went over there and prayed for him, and he was still warm,” said Francisa.
She says her son worked for an electric company and was engaged to be married. She says he was shot right next to his work truck.
“I just want justice for my son and I want whoever did it to pay for this crime,” said Francisa.
Stone says he feels confident this was a justified shooting.
“I feel confident,” said Stone. “I’ve talked to the officers. I’ve looked at the videos and it’s a very unfortunate situation, but I’m just glad nobody else got hurt. You’ve got to remember this is hard for the officers, too. They go home to their families. Their families are asking questions. Their children are asking questions.”
The officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative duty while the SBI investigates. The sheriff said he does not know if any charges will be filed against the officers involved. Stone says there is body cam footage that is being reviewed.
Stone says there has not been a deputy-involved shooting in Nash County in 20 years.