Former Deputy Constable Takes Stand in Own Defense

Former Deputy Constable Takes Stand in Own Defense
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 10:34pm

EL PASO - Former Deputy Constable Mario Ramos took the stand in his own defense Tuesday.

Ramos was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly shooting Juan Antonio Ortegon during a traffic stop in 2008.

Ramos testified about what led up to the shooting. He said Ortegon rammed his car into the patrol car multiple times as Ramos attempted to pull Ortegon over.

Ramos said at one point, Ortegon spun out of control on Lee Trevino. According to Ramos he yelled at Ortegon to stop, but Ortegon crashed his car into Ramos's patrol car and sped off with Ramos in pursuit.

He said when the chase came to an end at Montwood and Lee Elder, Ortegon took off on foot.

Ramos testified he tried to tackle Ortegon from behind, but Ortegon was able to put him in a headlock. According to Ramos, Ortegon kept reaching into his belt area while Ramos was still in a headlock.

Ramos said he was able to break away and drew his weapon and that's when Ramos said Ortegon turned toward him in a threatening way and Ramos fired two shots.

Prosecutors are expected to cross examine Ramos when the trial resumes Wednesday morning.

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