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Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the Poinciana area of Kissimmee, in unincorporated Polk County, the morning of March 19 and learned that a man there had shot and killed his live-in girlfriend and then refused to exit the home.

Family of the 33-year-old victim had not been able to make contact with her or her boyfriend, 38-year-old Jason Ramirez Comas. The victim’s parents went to the couple’s home near Lake Marion Creek Road and Cedar Road, at around 12:50 a.m., to see if she could make contact in person.

Ramirez Comas was able to see them pull up to the house and called the victim’s mother on the phone. He told her to wait outside for a couple of minutes before coming in and getting the two young children out of the house. She removed both girls from inside, but did not see her daughter or Ramirez Comas inside.

At around 12:53 a.m. deputies were dispatched to the home in reference to his having a gun and threatening to kill himself.

When deputies arrived at the home, they were able to communicate with Ramirez Comas through the door. That is when he told deputies that he shot and killed his girlfriend. He also told the deputies that he was a former police officer for the Ponce Police Department in Puerto Rico, so he would not harm them, but if they came into the house he would kill himself.

The PCSO SWAT team responded and handled the matter as a hostage scene, due to not having confirmation of the victim’s condition at the time. Over the next few hours, SWAT members tried to convince Ramirez Comas to surrender peacefully.

SWAT first introduced a robot into the home to provide video and, at around 8:30 a.m., they breeched an exterior wall which allowed the deputies to see Ramirez Comas lying on a bed, deceased, with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

The victim was found lying on the floor next to the bed, also deceased.

“At this time, it is unknown how long the victim has been dead,” Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement. “What I can tell you now is that this was a tragic and evil thing that occurred here overnight, and our hearts ache for the family and those young girls.”

The investigation is in the early stages and remains ongoing.