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SAPD: Navy senior chief shoots wife, kills self in west San Antonio

Police: Wife shot in cheek, expected to recover

San Antonio police say a man enlisted in the U.S. Navy shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself early Tuesday morning on the West Side.
San Antonio police say a man enlisted in the U.S. Navy shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself early Tuesday morning on the West Side.

San Antonio police say a man enlisted in the U.S. Navy shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself early Tuesday morning on the West Side.

SAPD officers responded to a reported disturbance with shots fired around 12:30 a.m. at a home in the 2200 block of Muuga Manor.

Family members identified the man who opened fire as Senior Chief Paul Ramirez.

Investigators said Ramirez opened fire on his wife in a bedroom, shooting her in the cheek. He then went to another room and fatally shot himself.

Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene and his wife, Devina Ramirez, was transported to University Hospital. Police said she was expected to survive.

Police also said there were four children inside the home, but they were not hurt. Family members rushed to the home once they were notified.

Paul Ramirez's mother, Yolanda Donias, said her son had been deployed to Iraq twice, but it was after a more recent deployment to Afghanistan that she noticed a change in him.

Donias said her son was a loving father and husband, but seemed to be haunted by his last deployment.

"He was there when they attacked his base, and it changed him a lot," said Donias. "He loved his wife so much, but he was very troubled when he came back from Afghanistan."

Donias said her son returned about a year ago and was a senior chief in the Navy.

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