Disgruntled Ex-Cop Bypasses Metal Detectors With Loaded Gun And Fake Badge
[su_right_ad]Melvin “Tony” Ramos, a former cop entered a federal FBI building in Philadelphia with a loaded gun, a fake badge, and a deactivated ID card.
The FBI ultimately took the man’s gun after becoming suspicious, but “he could’ve shot up half the office by that point,” as one law enforcement expert put it after reading the court records.
“This latest report of a security breach at a federal building is concerning,” the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., told ABC News in a statement. “After our committee’s close review of the security practices and procedures at federal facilities in the wake of the tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard [last year], it became clear that the quality of the physical security at our federal buildings is in need of improvement, and this incident underscores that finding.”
A Justice Department spokesperson, meanwhile, insisted the man who allegedly breached security on Monday never posed a threat…
Ramos, who allegedly repeatedly identified himself as an officer with the University of Pennsylvania Police Department, was again allowed to keep his gun while two FBI agents interviewed him, court documents say.
But Ramos had not been an employee of the University of Pennsylvania police department for nearly a year, having left his job on medical leave before being terminated on Sept. 11, 2013, a university spokesman told ABC News.
Ramos never turned in his police ID card, and the police department never retrieved it.