GREENSBORO, N.C. – A shoplifter’s pre-existing medical condition was discovered after police said he fought with Greensboro police Friday night in Greensboro, according to a police press release.
Zenon San Martin Ramirez, 52, was detained by the store loss prevention official at the Food Lion on E. Market Street around 8 p.m. Friday after he allegedly shoplifted alcoholic beverages.
Police said they were called and Ramirez became “physically resistant” as the officers attempted to arrest him.
Police said officers used physical force, not weapons, to control Ramirez.
EMS personnel treated Ramirez for an abrasion to his face and determined that he had dangerously low blood pressure. He was taken to Moses Cone Hospital where medical officials said he was suffering from a pre-existing medical condition that may have been aggravated by the struggle, police said in the news release.
Ramirez underwent surgery and is currently listed in serious condition.
The incident is being investigated by members of the Criminal Investigations Division and Professional Standards Division to determine if officers followed state law and established departmental policies, according to this news release.
Officials said the officers have been placed on “administrative duties” until the investigation is complete.
Editor’s note: In a previous version of this article, WGHP did not correctly attribute a statement regarding the victim’s pre-existing medical condition. Police sent WGHP a press release that stated: “Upon arrival at the hospital, medical officials discovered Ramirez was suffering from a pre-existing medical condition that may have been aggravated by the encounter.”