Police arrest 2 suspects in shooting of pastor
AURORA, Colo. — While most celebrated Independence Day, surveillance video at an Aurora apartment complex showed two men trying to steal Pastor Alfonso Gomez’s truck.
A short time later, one of the men shot him.
“We’re just hopeful people like this are off the street so they don’t do it to anybody else, but hopefully people like this change their life,” said Gomez’s son, Jose Gomez, Jr.
Gomez, Jr. heard the gunfire from his window. Gomez says he knew the grainy surveillance video probably wasn’t enough to find the shooter.
“He prayed. He prays a lot.” Gomez believes his father’s faith did what the video could not. “That night for some reason he said that he prayed to see all his sons get married and have children.”
Tuesday night Aurora police arrested Richard Telles and Chrisitan Silva for the crime. Tips from the surveillance video led them to the two suspects.
The Gomez family ministers at a Christian Church just a few blocks away. They say news of the arrest comes with a heavy heart and message of forgiveness.
The suspects are in custody, charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated robbery.
The pastor is recovering after getting treatment for the gunshot to his leg.