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Suspect In Police Officer Shooting Appears In Court

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RALEIGH — Corporal D.L. Powell was hit five times by gunfire while working at a Raleigh nightclub. The man accused of shooting the off-duty cop, because he was asked to move his car, made his first court appearance Monday.

Custodio Ramirez, 21, stood quietly in the courtroom Monday afternoon as a translator explained the charges against him.

Investigators say Ramirez shot Corporal David Powell five times outside the Top Rank Sports Bar early Sunday morning. Powell, was working off-duty at the Poole Road club at the time. A bystander was also shot once in the leg.

"It's treated very seriously as any aggravated assault is, and this was a life-threatening situation. We'll try to treat it accordingly," says Wake County D.A. Colon Willoughby.

Court documents state Ramirez told German Ramirez that he was the shooter. German Ramirez is expected to be one of the main witnesses in the state's case.

Powell remains in stable condition at WakeMed. Fellow police officers and their families have been visiting Powell since he was brought there.

"We will continue to be with Powell's family and see what they need," says Karen Lee of the Raleigh Police Family Support Group. "The families all come together in one big unit, kind of like the police officers do. We try to pull together and help everyone out."

Ramirez faces a long list of charges, including charges stemming from a domestic dispute with his fiancee earlier that day. He is currently being held on $352,000 bond.

Ramirez will appear in court again for a probable cause hearing on Aug. 6.


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