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Video: Man Saved Miami Officer From Shooter

April 17, 2015  | 

VIDEO: Man Saved Miami Officer From Shooter

William Ramirez was driving to his boat-maintenance job Tuesday morning when he spotted a chilling sight on Northwest 79th Street: A Miami police officer was on the ground, trying to take cover as a man fired at him with a high-powered assault rifle, reports the Miami Herald.

Thinking fast, Ramirez swerved his Dodge Caravan between the officer and the shooter, shielding the rookie officer. Then he opened the side door, pulled Officer Rosny Obas to safety, and sped off.

"The police work to protect us," Ramirez said Wednesday. "We have to help them. How could I not?"

Wednesday morning Ramirez got a call from the grateful mayor of Miami, Tomás Regalado. The mayor thanked him for standing in the line of fire. Miami police, who say Ramirez probably played a large part in saving the officer's life, plan to recognize the boat fixer with a plaque at the city's next commission meeting.

While Obas was injured, he was not hit by gunfire, according to WPLG.

Cab driver Frantzy Armand, 28, identified by police as the shooter, was shot and apprehended by an off-duty officer after he reportedly stole Obas' patrol car and continued shooting out of the vehicle. Armand was charged late Tuesday with two counts of attempted murder — one against a police officer and the other against an unsuspecting motorist.

Comments (9)

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Jon Retired LEO @ 4/18/2015 12:00 PM

Finally another case of a citizen helping a officer in need. We are finally seeing some of the good happening in the Media instead of the race baiters getting all the attention. As they said this man well deserves a medal.

Leonard Mather @ 4/18/2015 1:16 PM

It is heartening to hear about clear thinking people that have become inured to the frenetic, fallacious thinking being thrust at us by the Media that emphasizes the illogic, the lies and the propaganda from events like Ferguson. The Media is not even offering retractions on the Big Lie of "Hands up; Don't Shoot" stories that were repeated without validation. I commend Ramirez for seeing past these blind repetitions out of Ferguson. Rev. Al and Jesse's polarization worked, but NOT on Ramirez.

kevCopAz @ 4/18/2015 5:11 PM

Bravo! Thanks to this citizen for the help.

Robin/current leo @ 4/19/2015 2:05 PM

THANK YOU William!!!! We appreciate your courage. It's nice to know some people are still willing to help us too!

Sheriff @ 4/19/2015 3:44 PM

Thank you Mr. Ramirez. I am proud of your actions!

TX Lawman @ 4/20/2015 5:58 AM

That's a real hero! Way to go William Ramirez! Thank You for putting your life on the line for a brother in blue. We are recruiting!

edward smart @ 4/20/2015 1:32 PM

Heroic deed, Mr Ramirez. Thank you.

Mike @ 4/25/2015 1:38 PM

Good thing this incident happen in Milwaukee, otherwise the chief would have fired him for not securing his police vehicle!

Andy Lopez @ 4/26/2015 8:22 AM

Mr Ramirez deserves more than a plaque. This man is a true hero. He is a boat maintenance worker and never took a job that would risk his life, but in a time on need, he stepped up to the plate and risked his life to safe a human being. My hats off to you Mr. Ramirez !

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