A look at Rameek Smith’s 2020 open gun case

Rameek Smith could have been in jail for a gun robbery – and was on a court-ordered mental health program when he got into a shootout with cops on Tuesday night.

The 25-year-old criminal injured an officer in the scuffle and was shot in the head. He died in a hospital early Wednesday evening.

A review of court records by The Post found that Smith was at liberty at the time on a March 2020 gun robbery charge, despite an offer from prosecutors to hold him on $50,000 bail.

Here’s a look at the case:

March 14, 2020:

Smith jumps over a turnstile at the Coney Island subway station in Brooklyn. He runs from police officers and sustains cuts to his legs as he jumps onto the tracks, records show.

He is arrested and charged with possession of a loaded .32 caliber handgun. The top charge is second-degree criminal gun possession, which is also an option on bail under the controversial 2019 state criminal justice reform.

March 20, 2020:

Ramek Smith
Rameek Smith was shot dead Tuesday night after opening fire on two officers in the Bronx.
Natasha Ramos

A Brooklyn grand jury indicted Smith on multiple counts including third-degree gun possession, criminal trespassing, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.

The reduced weapon load results from the fact that the bullets in the firearm were, according to the records, “inoperable”. This charge is not bailable under the government reforms.

August 19, 2020:

Smith is eventually indicted on the charges. According to records, he will be released without bail.

October 8, 2020:

Police at the scene of a shooting in the Bronx.
Police at the scene of a shooting in the Bronx where Officer Dennis Vargas was shot.
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Brooklyn prosecutors said they requested that Smith be held on $50,000 bail, citing a 2016 Staten Island robbery conviction for which he served four months in prison and a five-year probation sentence became.

The judge denied the request, allowing Smith to remain free without bail.

December 21, 2021:

Smith pleads guilty to two counts in the indictment – fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor, and attempted criminal possession of a weapon, a class E felony.

As a condition of the plea deal, the felony charges will be dropped if Smith completes a two-year treatment program and, according to a court record, goes through a mental health court as an alternative to incarceration.

His participation in the program would have helped determine his final verdict.

May 4, 2022:

At a compliance hearing, a representative for the Brooklyn Mental Health Court told Judge Smith he was “fine” and going to group and individual sessions at a mental health and addiction program, a transcript said.

However, the representative implies that Smith did not go to his in-person toxicology testing appointments.

“He has reported to us that he is drinking less and has minimized alcohol consumption, but part of his treatment plan is to provide toxicology so we can make sure,” the representative says.

May 10, 2022:

NYPD Officer Dennis Vargas exits the hospital
NYPD officer Dennis Vargas exits the hospital after being wounded in the Bronx shooting with Remeek Smith.

Smith was walking near Third Avenue and Claremont Parkway in the Bronx when around 10:45 p.m. two police officers from the borough’s public safety team spotted him with a gun

Smith flees officers, then turns on Bathgate Avenue and fires two shots at the cops, hitting Officer Dennis Vargas in the arms, police said.

His partner returned fire, hitting Smith. Smith, who was hit in the back of the head, is pronounced dead at St Barnabas Hospital around 3:30 a.m., police said. A look at Rameek Smith’s 2020 open gun case


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