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Ryan Ronquillo Shooting Deemed Justified, But Family Says Police Murdered Him

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A family photo of Ryan Ronquillo. Additional images, plus a video and more below.
Last month, we told you about the police killing at a Denver funeral home of Ryan Ronquillo, a suspected car thief who was slated to attend the viewing of a deceased friend.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has now released a decision letter -- see it below -- declaring the shoot justified. This stands in stark contrast to the reaction from attendees at a weekend fundraiser and impromptu march, including Ronquillo's sister, who can be seen on a video shared here saying the police murdered her brother and declaring the cops to be "fucking Nazis."

See also: Denver Cops Say Man They Killed at Funeral Home Rammed Cruisers, Injured Officer

The decision letter includes photos from the scene. We've included a number of them below, featuring DA's office text.

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Courtesy of Denver District Attorney's Office
Decision letter: "The stolen car Ronquillo was driving is seen in the center of this photo; Det. Ingersoll was dirving the black SUV on the left side of the photo; Sgt. Bell was driving the silver SUV seen on the right side of the photo."
On July 2, according to the document, investigators with the Safe Streets Task Force were conducting fugitive apprehension operations when they were asked to aid in locating and apprehending Ronquillo, who is said to have been wanted for a June 29 domestic violence episode. In addition, he's described as an "active car thief who stole 'Hondas, Acuras and Subarus.'"

At around 3 p.m., task forcers received information that Ronquillo was in an area west of I-25 in the I-70 corridor, the letter continues -- and at about 5 p.m., they narrowed the search down to an area near the intersection of 37th Avenue and Osage Street. An undercover officer saw him "sitting in a stolen black Honda stopped or parked at that location."

The plan was to apprehend Ronquillo there -- but before officers could do so, he drove off. He allegedly back-tracked at least once before pulling into a parking lot at 4750 Tejon Street.

A footnote points out that the lot belonged to Romero's Family Funeral Home and a service was going on at the time.

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Courtesy of Denver District Attorney's Office
Decision letter: "The raised earthen berm and sidewalk over which Ronquillo first backed and then drove forward are depicted in this photo. The scuff marks left by the the vehicle are clearly seen. The Jeep parked at the curb was one of the vehicles hit by Ronquillo."
At that point, a detective entered the parking lot from the south, while a sergeant driving a silver Lexus SUV drove in from the north, activating his emergency lights as the detective made "bumper contact" with Ronquillo's Honda before dismounting and walking to the car's passenger side. But before the detective could grab him, Ronquillo is said to have shifted the Honda into reserve and zoomed away at "a high rate of speed."

The sergeant was grazed by Ronquillo's car, the report states. Then the Honda "backed over a small earthen berm, across the sidewalk and into an unmarked car driven by Detective Toni Trujillo, which was stopped in the middle of the street."

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Courtesy of Denver District Attorney's Office
Decision letter: "The keyless ignition port can be seen in this photo."
The first detective was now in front of the Honda, and if it moved forward, he believed it would strike him. At that point, he pulled his handgun as other shots rang out. Shots were fired by Trujillo, dressed in plain clothes, as well as uniformed gang unit officers Brian Marshall, Daniel White and Jeffrey DiManna. Ronquillo died as a result of the fusillade.

In DiManna's account, he said he'd issued "loud verbal commands-- you know, 'Shut off the car! Shut off the car!' And he's still revving the engine, revving the engine. And he slams it into drive, uh, Detective Trujillo was right next to me and we were both, poten.... We were both, coulda been in the line of the vehicle.... From where we were standing we were both put in, uh, the line of the vehicle. So, in fear for my safety -- in fear for Detective Trujillo's life, uh, I heard one of her roun.... I heard her fire one round and I
shortly fired right after her."

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Courtesy of Denver District Attorney's Office
Decision letter: "Photos depicting Det. Trujillo's undercover police car after the collision."
The decision letter references surveillance footage of the incident and asserts that "the statements of the witnesses are largely corroborative of those provided by the involved and witness officers." As such, Morrisey's conclusion is particularly harsh toward Ronquillo. An excerpt:
This incident is a direct result of choices made by Ronquillo: He first chose to steal a car. He then chose to flee despite almost no viable options -- backing up and hitting two private cars, one occupied by several members of a family, then running into a police car. He then chose to drive forward toward armed law enforcement officers who had given him repeated commands to stop and repeated opportunities to surrender. As noted previously, the violence of his actions can be seen in the surveillance video; that fact that no civilians and only one officer was injured is remarkable.
"Based on the facts presented here, each officer's individual decision to use the degree of force he or she used was objectively reasonable and, accordingly, must be considered justifiable under Colorado law," Morrissey adds. "Accordingly, I will not file criminal charges against the officers involved in this incident."

This result incensed many police critics, as well as Ronquillo's family.

Continue for more about the Ryan Ronquillo shooting, including additional photos, a video and an original document.


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Louis Cruz Jr.
Louis Cruz Jr.

Of course he was murdered. No video they get away with murder.

Max Padilla
Max Padilla

Pigs join the force to shoot people. They saw their opportunity and they took it. Now they will hide behind their badges and say that they were justified.

dislexyc_dog
dislexyc_dog

I'd like to see the mentioned surveillance video that displays Ronquillo's alleged violence.

dislexyc_dog
dislexyc_dog

I'd like to see the mentioned surveillance video that allegedly displays Ronquillo's violence.

Ian Alan
Ian Alan

Cops are dirty they all are its just how it is

Greg Ramirez
Greg Ramirez

Some fucken righteous ppl his not perfect he had revelations an triumph different than some. Bad cops theirs no good in ppl like that.

Greg Ramirez
Greg Ramirez

Not justified. .. The cops are liars covering up their coward shit. So sad an especially putting everyone in danger at the scene. No attempt to shoot at the tires , no tire flattenors. They were out to kill. Shame shame

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Of course the family claims murder.  They have been making excuses for this fucking punk loser his whole life and now are making excuses for his death.


Guess what family, YOU are the ones responsible for his death not the police who were only doing their jobs.  

Patrick Ryan McNulty
Patrick Ryan McNulty

you see if what you sad sad backwood hick GOPers dont realize is if you were right if your opinion was moral and mattered there would be alot more ppl with it.........instead the #2 trending thing on facebook is #theygunnedmedown....................................................

Patrick Ryan McNulty
Patrick Ryan McNulty

the fact of the matter is ppl run from the police on a daily basis but dont end up with 12+ bulletholes in their body..........he made some extremely poor choices however he did not deserve to be mowed down by a hail of bullets again ppl run from the police DAILY and dont end up dead.

Patrick Ryan McNulty
Patrick Ryan McNulty

yes cause thats what happened AT ALL........wow your just as ignorant as the other 2.

Patrick Ryan McNulty
Patrick Ryan McNulty

oh and if i posted ANYTHING not true plz do post the PROOF of the latter.

Patrick Ryan McNulty
Patrick Ryan McNulty

are you serious!? P A T H E T I C stay in wyoming u uncivilized WHITE APE

Patrick Ryan McNulty
Patrick Ryan McNulty

so we have the kid who girl got a train ran on her in high school @ the party they wouldnt let him in just his lady(John Elliot) and kid rockls illegitamate son born to a trailer trash mother I KILL U BOY U STOP ON THE GRASS N FRONT MY TRAILER BOY lol

Patrick Ryan McNulty
Patrick Ryan McNulty

can you say white trash!? EVERYONE WHO LOOKS @ YOUR PROFILE CAN LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

Patrick Ryan McNulty
Patrick Ryan McNulty

ehhhhh not rly but ok and stfu you have to go get more gas for the generator running your trailer you pathetic hick fuck u represent NO ONE y are you posting your opinion is wrong and from the trailer park TRY AGAIN you sad sad piece of trash

Marcos Villareal
Marcos Villareal

I see all of the snarky comments from all of the overly intelligent residents of Denver-but you have to ask yourself-if this was a black man with the black community threatening to riot and loot how would you feel?

Marcos Villareal
Marcos Villareal

This is what I love about Colorado-snarky and "progressive" racist white people. Keep the love coming :-)

Alexander Klaus Manneck
Alexander Klaus Manneck

Thank you wasnt looking for the genius rout. More like....i dont know....im more like an ass... hahahahahabwahahaha

Frank Sturgell
Frank Sturgell

You don't look like a genius yourself. You certainly don't write like one.

xyzabc
xyzabc

Oh and another thing.  Thanks to the First Amendment Johnny and Brer of Flobots fame came to the aid of the dead guy.  I just purged my music library of said Flobots and will no longer buy or listen to their music.  I love the First Amendment.  Ya'all have fun there...... F#&K Flobots!! 

FergusonMOPig
FergusonMOPig

Just because some worthless pig stepped in front of this guys car when he was trying to escape does not justify murder. Ever been to jail? It's a NATURAL instinct not to want to go back. The police state is rising and it's only going to get bigger and more violent. Americans are now the #1 enemy of the state. When this stuff begins to happen in white neighborhoods, I am gonna have to say 'i told u so'......

Vanessa Ruiz
Vanessa Ruiz

And I didn't no him but seen video footage so the truth should be out , it's sad and i don't no you , you don't no me but it's whatever life is life fuck it

Leon Wilcox
Leon Wilcox

He tried running over 2 officers. You try running over me I'll shoot you too.

Leon Wilcox
Leon Wilcox

Dude is a criminal period. He tried to kill 2 officers and everyone's calling for the deaths of the cops. You aim your car at me and try running me over I'm gonna shoot you 2. These kids parents raised a real fine criminal.

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

I will say job well done taking out the trash!

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@fishingblues So a guy was trying to escape the police because they might shoot him, and it was the job of the police to kill him?  We might want to review that job description.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

"uncivilized WHITE APE" --      


You are a fucking racist!

xyzabc
xyzabc

@FergusonMOPig Steal cars, go to jail......Break the law...go to jail.  Run(or attempt to run) a police officer over with a deadly weapon......well you know.... where do you think that guy was finding quality cars to steal? (HINT: Not in his neighborhood)   As far as violence, I think this dummy proves where violence is rising....

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