ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police arrested a man who they said shot and killed his ex-girlfriend, in front of their 2-year-old child, in the parking lot of a northeast Albuquerque apartment complex Friday morning.
Jerrold Ramone, 28, stayed on the scene and was holding the child when police arrived. He has been booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center and charged with murder.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, around 9:30 a.m. police were called to the Jefferson Crossing apartments, in the 4400 block of Montgomery NE, for reports of a shooting.
When officers arrived, they found Chelsea Parkett had been shot multiple times in the chest. She died at the scene. The complaint does not give Parkett’s age, and her family could not be reached Friday night.
Witnesses told detectives Ramone fired at Parkett several times from his “pinkish” Dodge Durango in the parking lot. Then, they said, he got out of the SUV and continued to shoot her until she fell to the ground. They said his child was in the backseat of the SUV.
When detectives interviewed Ramone he told them he and Parkett had been together for almost 12 years but broke up last year. He said they had two children together, the 2-year-old and a 6-year-old who was in school at the time. Both children were taken into the custody of the state Children Youth and Families Department.
Ramone told detectives he wanted to get back together with Parkett, but the night before they had argued. He said he returned to her apartment in the morning and they continued to argue throughout the morning. He said she told him she was going to leave with their children.
Eventually, Parkett left the apartment alone and walked toward the manager’s office, according to the complaint.
“Jerrold said he went to the back bedroom to retrieve his 9mm firearm and loaded the firearm with a magazine,” the detective wrote. “Jerrold said he took the child with him in hopes of de-escalating Chelsea’s behavior because the child was present.”
But, he said, when he saw Parkett talking to the manager of the apartment complex he just “raged.”
When a detective interviewed Ramone, he appeared to be very remorseful and said he took “full responsibility for what he did,” according to the complaint. According to online court records, Ramone had two prior misdemeanor domestic violence charges against him, but both cases were dismissed with the option to refile.
Officer Simon Drobik, an APD spokesman, said detectives still do not know if this homicide is the first of the year.
But it is the third investigation into a death this year.
On Jan. 1, a body was found floating in the Rio Grande. Police have not identified the person, or released a gender and Drobik said detectives are still waiting for the Office of the Medial Investigator to determine cause of death.
On Jan. 3, a woman died after being found with an “apparent injury” to her head in a house near Texas and Chico NE after a man called police to say he had been shot several times. Drobik said Friday investigators are still determining if her death was a homicide, a suicide or an accident.