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Suspect in Capital Gazette shooting previously sued newspaper for defamation in 2012

Suspect in Capital Gazette shooting previously sued newspaper for defamation in 2012 (ABC7)

The suspect sources believe opened fire inside the newsroom that houses the Capital Gazette in Annapolis Thursday, killing five people and injuring others, previously filed a lawsuit against the newspaper in 2012.

According to a 2015 article on the newspaper's website, Jarrod Ramos, of Laurel, accused then-Capital staff writer Eric Hartley and Capital-Gazette Communications of defamation over a 2011 column about Ramos' guilty plea to criminal harassment in a Prince George's County Circuit Court.

Judge Maureen M. Lamasney dismissed Ramos' claim in 2013, stating the article was based on public record and that Ramos presented no evidence stating the information was inaccurate.

Ramos appealed the circuit court's decision and on September 22, 2015, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals upheld Lamasney's ruling. Ramos represented himself in court.

On Thursday night, law enforcement officers searched Ramos' home. ABC7's Anna-Lysa has more from the scene below:




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