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Man and woman shot by BPD file lawsuit alleging shooting was unjustifiable

Man and woman shot by BPD file lawsuit
Posted at 6:44 PM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-08 21:47:41-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif.--- — A man and a woman are suing the Bakersfield Police Department after two officers shot them both in East Bakersfield while they were in a stolen car.

Anthony Markis Ramirez, 23, was being sought by police for a felony warrant, carjacking and robbery leading up to the shooting, the Bakersfield Police Department said back on February 11 -- the day of the shooting.

Ramirez was transported to the hospital in critical condition and is now paralyzed from the waist down, according to his attorneys John L. Burris and Dewitt M. Lacy.

Marinah Renae Segura, was a passenger in the vehicle and was also struck. BPD said that she was booked for carjacking and conspiracy.

Burris said "this is not a case where a car is going down the street, the cops are in hot pursuit and then they catch them and then they shoot into the car."
"It's not that."

"These are people who get into the car, and process it trying to drive. The officers come up on them, said they're police officers I believe, start shooting at them as they were trying to drive away." Burris added.

The officers involved in the shooting are Detective Ryan McWilliams and Detective Isaac Aleman, according to officials.

McWilliams has been with the Department for 14 years and this is his first officer-involved shooting. Detective Aleman has been with the Department for 11 1/2 years and it is his third officer-involved shooting.

Both officers are on modified duty, according to BPD while the As part of protocol, while the Critical Incident Review Board investigates.

Kim Adams, Ramirez's mother, has also filed a separate lawsuit against local law enforcement in recent years. She alleges she was brutally and repeatedly sexually assaulted by her Kern County Probation Officer between 2013 and 2015.

Adams tells 23ABC News that Ramirez told her "he's very traumatized."

Ramirez is held at Lerdo jail. His bond is set at $425,000 and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 15.