It appears that one of the last things Eric L. Ramsey did before he was shot and killed by police Thursday was to let his friends and family know on Facebook that he was about to die.
"Well folkes im about to get shot. Peace" Ramsey posted on the social network at 3:15 a.m. Jan. 17 using his mobile phone.
How Ramsey had the presence of mind — or the time — to make such a statement isn't known. The 30-year-old man from Mt. Pleasant, Mich., had just come off a crime spree that included kidnapping and raping a woman, setting a house on fire and stealing a sanitation truck, then ramming the car of a Michigan state trooper, according to police.
"A short while later, a Crawford County Deputy located the sanitation truck and the suspect ended up hitting the deputy’s car head on. The deputy then got out of the patrol car, ran up to the cab of the pickup and fired shots, fatally wounding the suspect," Isabella County Sheriff Leo Mioduszewski said in a press release.
Ramsey's Facebook post, which remained publicly available as of Friday morning, was an eerie if jarring good-bye, with comments from friends who thought he was joking at first.
Suspects pursued by police have, in some cases, used Facebook to share what was happening to them.
In 2011, in Utah, a 16-hour standoff with police ended with a suspect who was holed up in a motel room allegedly shooting himself, but not before posting updates about the tense situation on Facebook.
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Last fall, in Pittsburgh, a suspect went on the social network during a five-hour hostage siege, and authorities said they feared that responses from friends, family and others might goad him into violence. That incident did end peacefully.
In 2011, in Utah, a 16-hour standoff with police ended with a suspect who was holed up in a motel room allegedly shooting himself, but not before communicating via Facebook during that time.