New facts emerge about man killed in shooting

Apr 3 2013 - 7:30am

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SANDY -- Relatives of a 49-year-old man shot and killed by a Willard police officer Friday night told Sandy police repeatedly in the days leading up to his death that he intended to commit suicide, according to records obtained by the Standard-Examiner.

The man has been identified by authorities as Cody J. Ramseyer, of Sandy.

According to Sandy police reports, officers went to Ramseyer's home March 3, after his wife reported that he was talking about committing suicide and that she didn't know where he was. His wife also reported that Ramseyer took Valium and may have had sleeping pills with him.

That report prompted police to issue an alert to other law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for Ramseyer, who was described as possibly being armed with a silver handgun. The alert, obtained by the Standard-Examiner, states that Ramseyer had threatened to kill himself and officers and may be using methamphetamine.

The next day, Sandy police contacted Ramseyer's wife, who said he may be staying with his mother.

On March 13, police again went to Ramseyer's home. A neighbor called police after one of Ramseyer's daughters reported he was threatening suicide, according to a report.

Ramseyer's wife called Sandy police again March 25 to say her husband had written a letter to the family, had not returned from the store and was suicidal. Police eventually made contact with Ramseyer.

On March 27, two days before Ramseyer died, Sandy police received a call from his friend, who reported that Ramseyer was threatening to kill himself. The friend told police that Ramseyer said he would drive his car off the road and kill them both, police reports indicate.

Ramseyer's wife later called police to say everything was OK, he was not suicidal and was just trying to get her attention.

The reports do not indicate Ramseyer received psychiatric treatment for any of the suicide threats.

Ramseyer crashed his GMC Denali near the Willard exit off Interstate 15 around 10:30 p.m. Friday. Police had followed him after receiving reports of a reckless driver.

Pleasant View Police Chief D. Scott Jackson in a news release about the incident said that Ramseyer acted aggressive, refusing to leave the vehicle or show his hands as instructed by officers and began yelling back at the officers' commands.

After getting out of the vehicle and moving toward the officers through trees and brush, Ramseyer "indicated that he had a gun, indicated that he was going to kill the officers and told the officers to kill him," Jackson wrote in the release.

Officers used Tasers on Ramseyer, but he continued to act aggressively and was shot by a Willard police officer.

Ramseyer died at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden. Investigators did not find a weapon on Ramseyer.

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