Gerald Ramos says he killed Darrius Waller of Pottstown, Montgomery County, because he was angry and he was speeding, officials say – NBC10 Philadelphia

What to know

  • Gerald Ramos, 43, is accused of fatally shooting Darrius Waller, 36, while Waller was in his jeep in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, on Sunday.
  • Ramos is said to have told police he killed Waller out of anger about Waller speeding through an alley and nearly hitting him as he was walking home.
  • Ramos was arrested after police surrounded his apartment early Monday morning.

Investigators say police have arrested a Montgomery County man for allegedly shooting dead a driver because he was angry about him speeding through an alley while walking back to his apartment.

Gerald Ramos, 43, told police he was walking home from his brother’s house along the 500th block of North Evans Street in Pottstown on Sunday when a burgundy jeep sped past him in the an alleyway, nearly crashing into him, investigators said. Ramos said he was so angry he went into his apartment 400 blocks away in North Evans to “put down the fire,” according to the criminal complaint.

That night, around 9:30 p.m., Ramos spotted the same jeep a short distance from his apartment in the 500 block of North Evans Street. Ramos then allegedly grabbed the shotgun and walked out.

According to investigators, Ramos approached the driver’s side door of the jeep, pulled out a gun and opened fire, shooting the driver six to seven times. Ramos then returned to his home, police said.

Police attended the scene and found the victim, later identified as 36-year-old Darrius Waller, unresponsive inside the jeep. Waller was taken to Pottstown Tower Medical Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The scene was treated and eight 9mm cartridge cases were recovered on the outside of the jeep.

Ramos’ brother, who saw the gun on Ramos’ desk while visiting his apartment that night, told police he heard gunfire outside his home, according to the criminal complaint. NS. Then he texted Ramos, “Is that you?” to which Ramos replied, “Yes,” according to investigators. Ramos is then said to have called his brother and said he had just shot someone.

Ramos’ brother and his wife then ran to Ramos’ apartment to talk to him. Ramos allegedly told both he was “caring for the boy who was lying,” according to the criminal complaint. They then persuaded Ramos to return home with them and leave the gun on the table, police said.

When they arrived at their home, Ramos’ brother and his wife tried to persuade him to speak to police but he refused, according to the criminal complaint. Ramos’ brother’s wife then went upstairs to call 911 while Ramos left the home and returned to his apartment a block away, investigators said.

On Monday, around 12:25 a.m., police responders surrounded Ramos’ apartment. An officer texted Ramos, telling him to get out. Ramos replied that he would but never leave the apartment, investigators said. Finally, around 5:15 a.m., the police executed a search warrant and stormed into the house. Investigators said Ramos was subsequently taken into custody without incident and police recovered his weapon.

Ramos was later charged with 1st degree murder, 3rd degree murder and possession of criminal tools. Police also said the gun that Ramos used to kill Waller was in legal possession.

“The murder of Darrius Waller is another senseless murder of a victim who has nothing to do with the accused. This murder was simply angered by a speeding incident,” said District Attorney Kevin R. Steele of Montgomery County. “These innocent killings need to stop.”


Gerald Ramos Gerald Ramos says he killed Darrius Waller of Pottstown, Montgomery County, because he was angry and he was speeding, officials say – NBC10 Philadelphia

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