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State Attorney Rules Deadly Shooting by Hillsborough Deputies Was Justified

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Two Hillsborough deputies said they shot and killed Angel Noel Ramos-Otero when refused to drop his knife.

TAMPA – The Hillsborough State Attorney has said that deputies were justified in their use of deadly force during a domestic call in Ruskin on July 5.

“Based on our review and analysis of the relevant facts and law, and pursuant to Florida Statute 776.09, the use of deadly force by Deputy [Jessica] Ennis and Deputy [Daniel] DeLima was justified pursuant to Florida Statute 776.012,” State Attorney Andrew Warren wrote in a July 19 letter to Hillsborough Sheriff Chad Chronister. “No criminal charges shall be filed against Deputy Ennis or Deputy DeLima.”

Warren’s decision came after an investigation into the July 5 shooting death of Angel Noel Ramos-Otero, 37, of Tampa.

Deputies had answered a 9-1-1 call from a home in Ruskin in reference to a domestic call. Deputies said they were called because Mr. Ramos-Otero was sexually battering a girl younger than 12. Further investigation revealed that Mr/ Ramos-Otero had also recently sexually battered another juvenile older than 12.

When they arrived, they said they found Mr. Ramos-Otero waving a large knife in the front yard of the home. A woman and several children were inside the home and deputies said he had been sexually battering a girl younger than 12. The man refused to put the knife down and approached deputies in a threatening manner. (For related stories, click here and click here.)

Ennis and  DeLima said they feared for their lives when they fired multiple shots at the man. He was medevaced from the scene.

Further investigation revealed that Mr/ Ramos-Otero had also recently sexually battered another juvenile older than 12.

Mr. Ramos-Otero had three prior incarcerations with the Florida Department of Corrections and numerous other arrests dating back to 1996. Below is a summary of Mr. Ramos-Otero’s prior charges:

  • 1996: Burglary Auto, Grand Theft of Motor Vehicle, Burglary Tools-Possess
  • 1996: Burglary Auto, Grand Larceny, Petit Theft
  • 1996: Grand Theft of Motor Vehicle
  • 1996: Burglary Auto, Grand Theft of Motor Vehicle
  • 1996: Burglary Auto, Grand Theft of Motor Vehicle
  • 1996: Burglary Auto, Grand Theft of Motor Vehicle
  • 1998: Touch or Strike, Disrupt School Function
  • 1999: Armed Carjacking, Grand Larceny
  • 2000: Carjack w/ Firearm, Petit Theft *State Prison*,
  • 2004: Carjack w/ Firearm, Leaving Scene of Accident, VOP *State Prison*
  • 2008: Aggravated Child Abuse Aggravated Battery
  • 2009: Aggravated Assault w/ Deadly Weapon, Possession Synthetic Cannabinoid, Possession of Cannabis, Obstructing Officer without, Carrying Concealed Weapon, Introduction of Contraband into Detention Facility
  • 2010: Violation of Probation
  • 2019: Possession of Drug Parapernalia, Possession of Cannabis Sativa Resin, Flee to  Elude, Felon in Possession of a Firearm
Photo of Angel Noel Ramos-Otero from a 2019 arrest. Courtesy of the Hillsborough County Jail.

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