Family: Utah man shot by police was devoted dad to 10
The family of Sandy man shot and killed by a Willard police officer after a three-county chase was a hardworking, devoted father of 10 and a friend to all he met, his family said in a written statement released Sunday.
Cody Ramseyer's family included his wife, Kerri, and 10 children between the ages of 6 and 33, including six young daughters still living at home, said neighbor Ted Phillips, who provided the family's statement to Utah media outlets.
"He was kind, talented and devoted to his daughters and was generous to all who came to him with difficulties and problems," reads the statement. "He was also loved and appreciated by his employees for his concern and generosity to them in times of hardship."
The family also said they are grateful for the kindness and support they are receiving from their friends and neighbors.
Ramseyer was shot about 10:30 p.m. Friday after crashing his GMC Denali near the Willard Bay exit on Interstate 15. The Utah Highway Patrol, one of four police agencies that had chased Ramseyer at speeds of more than 100 mph through Davis, Weber and Box Elder counties, said Ramseyer got out of his car after the crash and exhibited "aggressive" and "threatening" behavior toward police. A UHP trooper and a Pleasant View officer deployed Tasers in an attempt to subdue the 49-year-old, who was then shot by an officer from Willard.
Ramseyer died from his injuries at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.
Police have not said whether Ramseyer was armed or under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances.
An investigation is being handled by the Box Elder County Attorney's Office, UHP spokesman Lawrence Hopper said Sunday.
State court records indicate Ramseyer has no recent criminal history but indicate Ramseyer, who owned a drywall and masonry business, had judgments and debt collections against him in 2009. In addition, Ramseyer was named in a civil stalking case, and a judge issued a protective order against him in April 2012. The case did not involve Ramseyer's wife, according to court records.
John Kunkler, the Midvale attorney who represented Ramseyer in the case, did not respond to a telephone message left at his office on Sunday.
Also on Sunday, Sandy police Lt. John Arnold said officers from his department had been at the Ramseyer home recently. Arnold declined to provide any details about the interactions between police and Ramseyer or describe the nature of the incident that precipitated a police visit to Ramseyer's home.
Phillips acknowledged that Ramseyer was "dealing with some issues," adding that no one is wiling to discuss the matter in detail right now.
"He was dealing with them as best as he could," Phillips said.