At about 12:03 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a home in Votaw — one of the most remote areas served by the department.
Deputies, Americare EMS and South End First Responders made their way through the ice and snow to Plum Pudding Road off FM 2798 where a caller using a 911 phone to report a shooting had occurred.
At the scene, first responders found Gregory Basham, 37, with a single gunshot wound to the abdomen area, Sheriff Byron Lyons said. Basham was later transported to an out-of-county Hospital for treatment.
Polk County Detectives have identified the shooter as Ralph Ramirez, 44, of Liberty County.
Witnesses reported an altercation between Basham and Ramirez during which Ramirez retrieved a .22 -caliber rifle from inside the residence and shot Basham. The firearm was recovered at the scene.
Ramirez left the location prior to the arrival of law enforcement officers.
Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Ralph Ramirez for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The warrant was issued by JP 4 Jamie Richardson.
If you know the whereabouts of Ralph Ramirez, Sheriff Lyons asks that you contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 936-327-6810 or Crime Stoppers at 936-327-STOP (7867).
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