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Miami-Dade police director hospitalized after shooting himself on Florida highway

Miami-Dade Police Department Director Alfredo “Freddy” Ramirez shot himself in the head on a Florida highway following an argument with his wife, authorities said Monday.

Officers responded early Sunday evening to the Florida Sheriff’s Association’s Summer Conference in Tampa where “a male had pointed a gun at himself,” police said in statement.

When officers got the 12th floor of the Marriott Westside, Ramirez, 52, told them he was no danger to himself or others, and was then “released at the scene,” Tampa police said.

Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo Ramirez.The Florida Department of Law Enforcement

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office described that encounter as a domestic dispute between Ramirez and his wife.

But shortly after that incident, Ramirez drove off and shot himself in the head, the sheriff said.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said the incident happened on I-75, south of Tampa.

“The entire Miami-Dade Police Department stands together behind Freddy and asks that our community continue to keep him in their prayers,” his department said in statement.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. You can also call the network, previously known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, at 800-273-8255, text HOME to 741741 or visit for additional resources.

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