Gun Used By CMU Abductor Was BB or Pellet Gun

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MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – When police were pursuing Eric Ramsey through three counties he was considered armed and dangerous.  Now, the sheriff in Isabella County says the gun was not what they thought.

“It was a low powered, it was not a .45 caliber,” explains Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski.  “It appears it was either a BB gun or pellet gun.”

But it looked real.  And it was enough to scare a Central Michigan University student from Kent County into complying to Ramsey’s demands Wednesday Night.  After being forced into her car, the female student and Ramsey allegedly drove to a home on Crawford Road, owned by Ramsey’s family.  That’s were police said the woman was bound with tape and sexually assaulted.

“One of questions the victim asked him, was why me?”  Mioduszewski said Ramsey told the victim he was looking at two other females in the parking lot of the Student Activities Center, but didn’t’ feel comfortable because there were people around.

Later, after Ramsey grabbed gas cans and the two were driving again, the victim told police Ramsey threatened to kill her, so she jumped out of the moving car, fracturing her arm.  She ran up to a home on Mission Road, where two kids, home alone, decided to let a stranger into their home.

“I came out in the living room and heard a girl screaming ‘help, let me in, please, please,’” said 14-year-old James.

The sheriff said the quick-thinking kids probably saved the woman’s life.

“Had not that 14-year-old boy opened up that door and let her in, I’m afraid that (the victim) would not be alive today,” said Mioduszewski.

After spraying that house with gas and lighting it on fire, detectives said Ramsey took off in the victim’s car, ramming two State Police troopers – one in Gaylord, then a second in Crawford County.  Then, Ramsey went after a Crawford County cruiser, hitting it head-on.  The deputy inside was hurt, but managed to wiggle out of the vehicle.   That’s when investigators say Ramsey was preparing to go after the deputy again.

“…he didn’t want to get run over,” Mioduszewski stated.

So the deputy opened fire, killing Ramsey.

Now, investigators are asking the same question the victim did: Why?

“Was there something that happened in his life recently that sent him over the edge?”

The sheriff says detectives are planning to talk to friends and family of Ramsey to figure out what happened.

It’s a complicated investigation, with crime scenes in three counties and on CMU’s campus, each with very different evidence.  And even though a deputy shot and killed the 30-year-old, Sheriff Mioduszewski says they will still do a full criminal investigation.

“We owe it to the taxpayers, Mr. Ramsey’s family, as well as to the victim,” he says.  “We know (Ramsey) was the one that rammed police cars, there’s no doubt about that … but we have the burden of proving … he’s the one that kidnapped the victim and sexually assaulted her.”

Although is also accused of arson and misusing a weapon – yet, cannot be charged – The Sheriff says he still wants answers and the families of the victim and the suspect deserve answers too.

“My condolences go out to the family, because even though their son (Ramsey) did a lot of things we know he shouldn’t have done, he’s still a son, he’s still a family member.”

An autopsy on Ramsey was completed Friday, those results and toxicology results are not expected for at least three weeks.

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  • autumn

    Judging by the comments of people of facebook who knew eric, he was so NOT a criminal – comments to include the owner of the house and children in the sad saga of events. all indicated they knew Eric and he was a nice guy and they couldn't conceive of him doing all this – you can only conclude that he was desperate and possibly wanted to be shot. 30 years old and he went to jail the first time for assaulting an officer, not a criminal, just young and hot headed. went to jail got out and obviously snapped. so sad he did not just reach out to friends or family… and now a young woman is scarred for life and it all leaves me sad and confused as to why it had to happen at all? the lack of empathy, sympathy and love for our fellow man once again results in ever lasting tragedy

  • riperic

    thank u autumn u said it best eric was not a criminal but he did have demons and he was trying to fight them and lost i stronly belive that eric wanted to end his life and i do know that eric alkways said that he would rathier die then go back to prsion

  • rrococco

    Hurrah for the heroic Teen!

    However, it is very clear the "System" has failed catastrophically to protect "The Community"!

    "Ramsey was paroled last summer after spending five years in prison for felonious assault. He also had a violent criminal history."

    a simple search shows:
    "Ramsey wasn’t a stranger to the legal system. According to Michigan Department of Corrections records, he was paroled in July for four separate prison sentences, including
    – malicious destruction of fire or police property
    (2 to 6 years),
    – resisting or obstructing a police officer
    (2 to 3 years) and
    – assault with intent to do bodily harm
    (5 to 15 years)
    in Isabella County in July 2007.

    In April 2006, Ramsey was sentenced to 2 to 4 years in prison for felonious assault in Gratiot County,
    a sentence he was still serving at the time of his death, according to records.

    His record also included convictions for destruction of police or fire property, resisting police and assault with a dangerous weapon.

    —-How can you look at these facts, the violent acts he committed, and claim "he is not a criminal"?
    You must understand that part of criminal behaviour is to "con" those around him into thinking
    he is *not* a criminal.

    The maximum sentence was 15 years. Inmates are eligible for a parole review once they serve the minimum 5 years.
    So Ramsey was RELEASED BY THE PAROLE BOARD after only 5 years! They had his entire file of arrest & conviction in front of them!

    and then he goes out and commits
    – kidnapping,
    – rape
    – attempted murder,
    – felony car theft
    – arson with the intent to commit multiple murders
    – felony attack of LEO's
    – ramming three patrol cars

    And you maintain "this is not him" ?

    ‘The parole board generally doesn't give a rationale for why or why they don't parole (an inmate),’ said Russ Marlan, a Corrections Department spokesman.


    With such a history, and multiple sentences, How could the Parole Board have let him out?

    We must somehow hold the Courts, Judges, and Parole Boards responsible for the attrocities these
    criminals commit when they are released!