Two FLA Repo Men Shot, One Dead, One Critically Wounded

ST AUGUSTINE, FL – March 2, 2011 – At 6:30pm on Wednesday, two repo men were shot while in the 1000 block of state road 16 during a repossession attempt of a red Ford Ranger. Arriving St. Johns County Deputies found one man with gunshot wounds to the stomach in the tow truck with a vehicle in tow less than a quarter mile from the residence near the median and another man lying dead in the driveway. The surviving repossessor was flown to Shands Jacksonville hospital.

“I didn’t even know what was going on when I got here, but a guy came out of the truck, hunkered over bleeding from the abdomen,” reported one of the deputies who first arrived at the scene.

Investigators had to bring a Tagalog translator as the Filipino shooter 51 year old Jesse Ramirez did not speak English however, Chuck Mulligan with the Sheriff’s Office reported, “The male subject looked out his window and saw two subjects around his vehicle in the driveway, he exited the residence with a firearm in his hand and fired multiple rounds at the two men who we now know where there to repossess the vehicle.”

The shooter sat handcuffed in the back of a patrol car as neighbors milled about behind the crime scene tape. Investigators have refrained from identifying the victims or the company the victims worked for.

Ramirez has been arrested and is charged with pre-meditated homicide and attempted homicide. Mulligan says the repo men did not appear to have threatened the suspect before the shooting.

6:20am PST – CUCollector has just been notified that the second victim has passed away. We will provide details as they emerge.

6:28am PST – Details are sketchy but a victim has been identified as a Will Rivera of Jacksonville, Florida. Another by the name of “Bennit”

7:05am PST – Reportedly, the name of the repo company the men worked for is “Atco Bennett” of Jacksonville, FL

7:47am PST –

Both victims have been identified, Wilfred Rivera, 48, was pronounced dead at the scene and Delbert Charles Power Jr., 31, was taken to the hospital. Confirmation of death is still pending. Rivera is survived by a wife, a daughter and a two year old grand son.

Jesse Ramirez, 51, on charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder. After an appearance before a judge Thursday morning, Ramirez was held without bond. It was believed that Ramirez did not speak English, but investigators later said they were able to interview him and he spoke English to the judge in court Thursday.

7:55am PST – The attached message was sent to Ed Marcum of RSIG and the Recovery Agents Benefit Fun (RABF) and was sent by Jeanne Bennett of Atco Bennett and is shared with their permission:

WILL WAS MURDERED TONIGHT BY A DEBTOR. HIS MAN WITH HIM WAS SHOT 7 TIMES, AND MIGHT POSSIBLY NOT MAKE IT. ALL I KNOW RIGHT NOW IS WE SEEN IN ON THE 11 NEWS AND RECOGNIZED THE TRUCK, THEY SAID THEN ONE WAS KILLED THE OTHER DEAD.  THEY CALLED THE OTHER MANS WIFE AND TOLD HER HE HAD BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT AND NEEDED TO COME TO HOSPITAL.  WHEN I GOT THE POLICEMEN ON THE PHONE, HE VERIFIED WILL WAS DEAD AND I WENT TO BE WITH LENNIE.  I KNOW THEY HAD THE TRUCK HOOKED, THE DEBTORS WIFE TOLD THEN THEY COULD HAVE IT THEN WENT IN AND GOT HUSBAND., THEY TALKED GOT ONN THE PHONE WITH THE FINANCE CO AND AT THIS TIME I DO NOT KNOW WHO.  THE DEBTOR RETURNED TO THE HOUSE TO GET BAG TO GET STUFF OUT OF THE VEHICLE AND CAME OUT WITH GUN 9 MM AND SHOT WILL TWICE KILLING HIM THEN OPENED FIRE ON THE TRUCK AND THE OTHER REPOSSESSOR.  HE WAS ABLE TO GET IN TRUCK AND DRIVE ABOUT A MILE WHEN HE PASSED A DEPUTY THAT WAS CALLED TO THE SHOOTING.  HE STOPPED AND PASSED OUT. THEY LIFE FLIGHTED HIM. THE DEBTOR IS IN JAIL.  THEY WOULD GIVE ME NO MORE INFO.  IT HAPPENED ON SR 16 IN ST. JOHNS COUNTY. THEY HAVE IMPOUNDED EVERYTHING.  THE WRECKER WAS SHOT UP BAD, AND THEY THINK HE RELOADED CLIP.
PLEASE PRAY FOR ALL OF US.  WE NEED IT RIGHT NOW. WILL HAS A TWO YEAR OLD GRANDSON HE IS RAISING ALONG WITH A SON AND DAUGHTER IN THEIR EARLY 20′S. AND OF COURSE HIS WIFE LENNIE.

1:39 pm PST – It has been reported by news4 Jacksonville that Delbert Charles Power Jr., 31 the second man shot and airlifted to the hospital, is reported to be in fair and stable condition.

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