Critical Incident Debrief Video

The Burbank Police Dept. and California Dept. of Justice (DOJ) continue to investigate an officer-involved shooting that occurred on May 27 that resulted in the death of one man.

On May 27 at about 4 p.m., the Burbank Police Dept. received a phone call from a man claiming he was in a vehicle in the parking lot of Home Depot, located at 1200 S. Flower St., armed with a “25 Beretta,” saying he was going to shoot people.

When the officers arrived, they located the man who was still seated in the vehicle. There was a verbal exchange. The suspect then exited his vehicle, took a shooting stance, held a dark object in his hand and pointed it at the officers, which precipitated an officer-involved shooting.

Officers immediately provided medical aid to the man and summoned paramedics. The Burbank Fire Dept. responded and transported the man to a local trauma center where he succumbed to his injuries.

The decedent has been identified as 47-year-old Ruben Ramos, a resident of Canoga Park.

In accordance with Assembly Bill 1506, the DOJ has assumed control of this investigation and will independently review this officer-involved shooting.

In addition to the DOJ investigation, the Burbank Police Dept. will continue to conduct an extensive investigation into this incident, which includes:

▪ An administrative investigation of all evidence and facts by the Burbank Police Dept. – Internal Affairs Bureau

  • A comprehensive analysis by the Burbank Police Dept. – Critical Incident Review Board
  • An independent analysis and review by an external oversight board, the Office of Independent Review

A critical incident debrief video is intended to provide an overview of the incident along with body-worn and in-car camera footage. This video also contains information about evidence related to the case to provide a better understanding of what occurred based on the information available to investigators thus far. To view the Critical Incident Debrief video, visit the Burbank Police Dept. YouTube channel, or