Iberville deputies shoot rape suspect
BAYOU PIGEON -- Two Iberville Parish deputies killed a rape suspect who pointed a gun at them Friday afternoon, the sheriff said.
Shaun Wilson Ramo apparently hid in the brush in a wooded area near his home on Highway 75 while deputies surrounded his house and questioned his mother, Sheriff Brett Stassi said. When they didn't find him in the house, they broadened their search to include the woods.
He came up from the brush with a gun, and two deputies shot him when he pointed it at them and ignored their demands to drop it, Stassi said.
The incident began about 3:30 pm when a woman reported that Ramo had sexually assaulted her. He told her that he had a rifle and would kill her and her family if she reported the attack, Stassi said.
She reported the rape when she got safely home. Investigators believe Ramo may have seen paramedics and deputies going to her house because they had to pass his home to get to hers, Stassi said.
After speaking to the victim, deputies surrounded Ramo's house at 39140 Hwy. 75. His mother, who was outside on the porch, told investigators her adolescent grandson was sleeping inside. She said she didn't know where Ramo was. Deputies allowed her to get her grandson out of the house before deputies searched it.
Ramo was not in the house, and deputies were preparing to search a padlocked shed when they noticed something in the woods. As they turned their attention to that area, Stassi said, Ramo stood up with a gun in his hands. Deputies yelled for him to drop it, but he pointed it at them instead. Two deputies fired. Ramo, who was 36, died at the scene.
Stassi said he called State Police to assist in the investigation of the shooting death.
The two deputies, whose names were not released, are on paid leave as the investigation continues.
Stassi said that in addition to the rape, Ramo was wanted on a charge of improper telephone communications in an incident with the same victim and on another warrant from Assumption Parish. Further information about that warrant was not immediately available.