Authorities in California have release dramatic body camera and surveillance footage showing a deadly police standoff that left five people dead, including a sheriff's deputy.
The hostage situation began unfolding just after 1pm on July 25 in Wasco, California, when deputies with the Kern County Sheriff's Office responded to a home on 1st Street for numerous reports of a gunman shooting people inside his home during a domestic violence situation.
Over the next five-and-a-half hours, the suspect, identified as 41-year-old Jose Manuel Ramirez Jr, allegedly shot and killed his wife, Vivian Ramirez, 42, their sons, Jose Ramirez III, 24, and Angel Ramirez, 17, and Kern County Sheriff's Deputy Phillip Campas.
The Kern County Sheriff's Office has released body camera and security video from a July 25 hostage situation, during which suspect Jose Ramirez Jr, 41, shot and killed four people, including his wife and two sons. One of the shootings is pictured aboveInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Deputies responded to the home in Wasco, California, after getting 911 calls about a shooting in progress stemming from a domestic conflict
The shooting also injured another deputy, who has since recovered.
SWAT officers killed Ramirez Jr after he climbed onto the roof of his house, bringing the standoff to a close just before 6.30pm.
Video and 911 audio recordings released by the sheriff's office on Thursday paint a detailed and vivid picture of how the hostage situation unfolded, beginning at 1.05pm when deputies arrived on the scene and were immediately shot at by the gunman.
The deputies ran for cover and set up a perimeter around the suspect's house before requesting backup from the SWAT team and additional units.
'Unbeknownst to responding deputies, prior to their arrival, the suspect had already shot and killed his two sons, and his wife,' according to the sheriff's account.
Video from a neighbor's surveillance camera showed Ramirez Jr chasing one of his sons and shooting him to death as he tried to escape.
Vivian Ramirez, 42, who owned a photography business, had been shot before police responded to the sceneInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Jose Manuel Ramirez III, 24 (left), and Angel Ramirez, 17 (right), were both fatally shot by their father, according to the sheriff's office
As deputies and SWAT team members surrounded the