"I just had this ugly feeling that something was wrong something was wrong," said Luz Ramos, Willy's sister.
The gut feeling Luz Ramos had was right because Monday night her brother Willy passed way while in sheriff's custody.
"I think he was beat to death and they just sat there and thought it was a game," although Luz Ramos admits she did not witness his death.
According to the Sheriff's Department deputies were looking for a suspect wanted on a felony arrest warrant around 9:40 p.m. Monday night.They spotted Willy Ramos coming from a trailer. Deputies say it looked like he was carrying drugs.
"The deputies approached that individual attempted to contact him and as they did so he ran that individual began running," said Ray Pruitt a spokesperson for the Kern County Sheriff's Department.
Pruitt said as deputies chased Ramos they saw him tossing things on the ground. Deputies finally caught up to him at a fence.
"They became involved in a brief scuffle," said Pruitt.
Deputies say Ramos raised his fists and attempted to hit them but without the use of deputy weapons, Ramos was arrested. The department said Ramos scratched his head during the fight, so an ambulance was called. But deputies say Ramos refused treatment and was placed in a patrol car.
"The deputy began questioning the suspect when he noticed the suspect appeared to be having medical complications," said Pruitt.
Pruitt said deputies removed Ramos from the car, un-handcuffed him, performed CPR, and called back the ambulance. But Ramos died at KMC. Deputies say two baggies of suspected drugs were found in Ramos's throat. His family is skeptical.
"You know just blaming it on an overdose like they're good to do all the time because someone supposedly resisted arrest what's their best cover-up," said Luz Ramos.
His father is in shock.
"I don't know what happened," said Alfredo Ramos, Willy's father.
Ramos has a criminal history, 12 convictions including battery, resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance. But his dad wants Willy to be remembered not as a felon but as a loving son, father and brother.
"He was just a good person, a good son," said Ramos.
The Sheriff's Department is now saying that during the investigation, deputies seized a cell phone with possible video evidence. But there is no word this hour on what that cell phone video shows.