Police must taser South Haven man twice to subdue him
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent February 11, 2013 11:04PM
Updated: March 13, 2013 6:20AM
SOUTH HAVEN — A taser had no effect on a man whose behavior had become increasingly erratic, and eventually violent, since losing his job.
At about 5:35 a.m. Saturday, police were called to a home in the 600 block of Osage Road. Victor Ramirez, 39, opened the front door and asked who the officers worked for, then attempted to slam the door shut, but a 39-year-old woman intervened. She said Ramirez was not himself and she would let them in, according to the police report.
Ramirez backed away with his hands up, and an officer tried to get between him and a hallway in case Ramirez were to try to run. When he got within arm’s reach, however, Ramirez reportedly punched him in the face. A second officer used his taser on Ramirez with no effect other than that Ramirez now lunged at him.
Police took Ramirez to the ground and attempted a second taser shock, which again had no effect. Ramirez allegedly continued attempting to strike both officers. After one of them punched Ramirez in the head several times, they were able to get handcuffs on him.
Paramedics sedated Ramirez on the scene, because his continued aggressive actions limited their ability to treat him. He was transported to Porter Regional Hospital, where he was temporarily detained for an abnormal mental state and the danger he presented to others, but he was medically and psychologically cleared by that afternoon. He was then taken to the Porter County Jail on felony charges including disarming a law enforcement officer and battery to a law enforcement officer, who sustained a swollen lip, cut forehead and black eye.
Ramirez lost his job as a truck driver three days before the incident because his license is suspended, another resident of the home told police, and his behavior had become more abnormal each day since then.
She said he had begun seeing and talking to imaginary people and, at about 5 a.m. Saturday, he had pretended to call his mother, saying his children were trapped in the garage. This is what prompted the call to police. She told police she did not believe he was taking any medication.