A lawyer representing the family of an Emeryville muralist who was fatally shot last year announced Thursday that he was filing a claim against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over the fact that the gun used to kill the artist was stolen from an agent’s vehicle.
Attorney Frank Pitre of the law firm Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy told reporters that he was taking steps towards filing a lawsuit against ICE on behalf of the family of Antonio “Tony” Ramos. The 27-year-old street artist was killed last September with a gun that an ICE agent had not properly stored.
“This is a problem, regrettably that has happened far too often, and it’s something that’s plagued the department of Homeland Security, including ICE,” Pitre said. “Out of the 243 weapons deemed lost, those guns were lost because officers did not properly secure them.”
Ramos was killed on Sept. 29 while working on a large anti-violence mural on the West Street underpass in North Oakland. Witnesses said that before the shooting, Ramos was talking with a man, later identified as 20-year-old suspected serial robber Marquise Holloway.
Holloway was subsequently arrested and charged with Ramos’ murder, and the firearm that was used in the shooting was on Holloway when he was picked up by police. The 9mm Glock 26 pistol was later identified as one stolen from the ICE agent’s car weeks before the shooting.