Wood Dale cop describes confronting, shooting college wrestler
BY DAN ROZEK Staff Reporterfirstname.lastname@example.org April 17, 2013 1:50PM
Kerin Ramirez. Photo from Facebook
Updated: April 17, 2013 6:33PM
A Wood Dale police sergeant described Wednesday how he heard a loud noise in his home, then confronted an intruder who angrily refused his order to leave.
“I said, ‘get out of my house,” Sgt. Michael Peters testified. “He looked at me and said, kind of under his breath, ‘f--- you, you get out of my house.”
Peters testified during the trial of Kerin Ramirez, a former Harper College wrestler who was charged with home invasion following the Sept. 24, 2011 confrontation.
Ramirez, now 22, was shot and wounded by Peters during the early morning struggle inside the police officer’s home in unincorporated Carol Stream.
Peters told jurors the confrontation erupted after he found Ramirez inside his home at about 7 a.m. — standing near his 4-year-old son.
Despite being ordered to leave, Ramirez instead took off his t-shirt, dropped into a fighting crouch and attacked him, Peters told jurors hearing the trial.
“He picked me up around the body and threw me to the ground,” Peters said.
Peters said he struggled for several minutes with Ramirez, whom he described as “very muscular,” but wasn’t able to subdue him, even when a neighbor — himself a retired police officer —arrived and tried to help him.
“I had no more energy left. I was completely out of gas,” said Peters.
He testified he ran to his car, grabbed a handgun and returned to confront Ramirez — who used his legs to knock him to the floor.
Peters said he quickly pointed the gun at Ramirez and after the weapon initially misfired, shot Ramirez once in the abdomen.
Peters acknowledged that after he shot Ramirez, he dragged the wounded man by his feet out his front door and onto his porch.
Peter told the first police officer to arrive that he had needed “to get this guy out of the house now.”
Defense attorneys contended Ramirez had mistakenly wandered into Peters unlocked house after a night of heavy drinking during a party at another home six doors down.
Ramirez was trying to leave when Peters attacked him, defense attorney Gal Pissetzky argued as the trial began.
“He attacked Kerin Ramirez first, then shot him,” Pissetzky said of Peters.
Peters repeatedly disputed that claim during his testimony, saying Ramirez never made any effort during their struggle to leave the house.
“He didn’t try to leave. He never tried to leave,” Peters said