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After police standoff veteran hopes to get help for PTSD

Veteran at center of police standoff hopes treatment of PTSD will help him
NEWS 10 ABC
Feb 25, 2013
Gabriel Roxas

EL DORADO COUNTY, CA - He held sheriff's deputies at bay and forced his neighborhood to be evacuated for hours, but even so, neighbors said their hearts went out to him.

Witnesses say the teen's injury was not serious, but Ramirez's situation is.

Cameras weren't allowed inside the El Dorado County Jail when News10 report Gabriel Roxas sat down with Miguel Ramirez during visiting hours. The Marine veteran, who served in Afghanistan, requested an interview after initially turning down the station's request to talk.

Last week, Ramirez locked himself inside his Cameron Park home after officers responded to a call of an assault with a deadly weapon.

The scene was something neighbor Frances Lopez couldn't have imagined last fall when she first met the man she described as a nice guy.

"My son is also in the military and was over in Afghanistan, so we discussed that a little bit," Lopez recalled.

But as the months passed, Lopez says Ramirez's behavior became more erratic.
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