Miami-Dade Police Director Alfredo “Freddie” Ramirez is in critical but stable condition after he shot himself in the Tampa area Sunday night, officials said.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronicer said the 52-year-old police director was hospitalized after he sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Miami-Dade police officials said Monday morning that Ramirez had surgery in Tampa and was in a critical but stable condition.
Ramirez announced earlier this year that he would run for sheriff in 2024 to try to keep his position as head of the police department.
According to his biography in Sheriff’s campaign literature, Ramirez was raised by his grandparents who fled the Castro regime in Cuba and his working-class parents in Hialeah.
In 1995, after marrying his high school sweetheart and graduating from the University of Miami, Freddie joined the Miami-Dade Police Department as a police officer.
He then rose through the ranks, working every step of the way from criminal and special investigations to homicide, robbery, special victims, agriculture, street violence task force and others.
In 2020, he became director of police under then-Mayor of Miami-Dade Carlos Jimenez. He then worked his way up from patrol duty to deputy director after working for former director Juan Pérez before being promoted to chief police officer.