SLCPD shooting ruled unjustified, but officer will not face charges

Nov 25, 2019, 7:17 PM | Updated: 7:22 pm

(Photo: Getty Images)...

(Photo: Getty Images)

(Photo: Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY- Salt Lake City Police officer Brandon Rammell fired a single shot, missing child sex abuse suspect Robert Ortega as he drove away from a Millcreek gas station last year. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill says that shooting was not legally justified, but the officer will not face charges.

Officer Rammell had tried to arrest Ortega, who had a warrant out for violating his parole, after running a routine license plate check. He eventually confronted the suspect at a Chevron on 3300 South on November 3, 2018.

Body camera video shows Rammell chasing the suspect and tazing him, which was ineffective at stopping him.

The two then got into an altercation inside Ortega’s car.

At a news conference on Monday, District Attorney Gill said the officer eventually moved fully outside the car but probably did not realize it and feared he would be dragged and injured as Ortega drove away.

“Although Officer Rammell said he feared for his life, a belief we cannot doubt, the basis…is factually inconsistent with the observable facts. While Officer Rammell acted upon a mistaken belief, there is no evidence that he did so to intentionally violate the law,” Gill says.

Because the DA’s office cannot prove criminal intent, no charges will be filed against the officer, whose bullet hit the driver’s side door of Ortega’s car.

“We believe that Officer Rammell’s body reacted before his mind,” Gill said, while pointing out that time between when the officer was inside and fully outside the car happened quickly.

He also cited body camera footage of Rammell withdrawing his weapon once he learned the suspect was unarmed as further evidence the officer did not act with criminal intent.

Ortega was found a few days after his encounter with the officer.

It’s unclear when Rammell, who has been on leave since the incident, will return to the force.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

All News

wells ward meetinghouse in ruins after fire...


Neighbors say Wells Ward meetinghouse was left in disrepair for years before fire

The nearly 100-year-old Wells Ward meetinghouse is set to be demolished after a fire Sunday morning left it in ruins.

1 hour ago

Vehicles travel on I-15, traffic fatalities in utah have decreased...

Josuee Sanchez and Sam Herrera

Utah saw 12% decrease in traffic fatalities from 2022-2023

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Utah had the seventh-biggest decrease in traffic fatalities in the nation between 2022 and 2023. 

2 hours ago

gov cox speaks during memorial day event...

Tim Vandenack,

‘I love my country’: Veterans, Gov. Cox focus on service, honoring military on Memorial Day

Gov. Spencer Cox at a Memorial Day service in Salt Lake stressed the importance of service and honoring veterans who have died while serving.

4 hours ago

a truck hauling a trailer full of horses was hit on monday on westbound i-80, the crash closed the ...

Sam Herrera

Wrong-way crash closes WB I-80 near Great Saltair for ohurs

A wrong-way driver hit a truck pulling a horse trailer head-on, closing westbound I-80 for several hours on Monday

5 hours ago

Medically Vulnerable People program facility in Sandy, a resident of the homeless facility was arre...

Sam Herrera

Resident at Sandy homeless facility arrested for murder of roommate

Police say a 62-year-old resident at the Sandy homeless facility was found dead in her room on Sunday, the victim of an apparent murder.

6 hours ago

a person passes a tsa checkpoint, the tsa hit a record this memorial day weekend...

Sam Herrera

TSA sets record over Memorial Day weekend

According to the agency, TSA officers beat a record previously set on Nov. 26 last year.

7 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.


Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

SLCPD shooting ruled unjustified, but officer will not face charges