Man accused of shooting at police makes first court appearance
DENVER – He’s accused of shooting at a Denver police officer last Tuesday, at another officer in Westminster Wednesday and then leading police on a high-speed chase that resulted in a crash and shooting in Aurora Friday.
Larry Gomez, 33, appeared in a Denver courtroom Tuesday to face the beginning of a litany of charges that will be filed against him.
Battered and bruised, Gomez appeared before the judge as his family of 16 watched in the gallery. His left arm was in a bandage and his face was bruised with stitches visible above his left eye.
“To see him like that, it hurts, to see your own family like that. And people are already judging him for what he’s doing. He did not do nothing,” says Gomez’s aunt, Liz Martinez.
The judge set bond at $25,000 for a charge of aggravated motor vehicle theft and $200,000 for attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer.
Police say Gomez fired at a Denver police officer who was making a traffic stop last Tuesday. The officer was not injured.
Police also suspect he shot at and grazed a Westminster officer the following morning during another traffic stop.
Gomez mother denied the accusations saying, “No. No. No.”
She says he’s innocent of those charges — but accepts he did lead Denver police on a high-speed chase and crash involving three police cars in Aurora Friday.
A Denver officer suffered minor injuries and was treated on scene.
“He was guilty on parole violating, and that was it. That’s why he ran–the parole violation,” Martinez says about why he ran. She says he was on parole for driving under the influence.
Gomez’ family says they are behind him no matter what happens.
“We love him and we’re supporting him. We’re family. We don’t judge,” said Martinez.
“And they should not judge him until they find him guilty,” says another aunt, Julie Gomez.
“It’s okay. I got nothing to say about that,” says Gomez’s mom, Inez Gomez, about what her son looked like in court.
Martinez tells us Gomez was shot in the arm that was bandaged.
Even if Gomez can come up with the $25,000 cash bond to get out of jail, it’s possible Westminster and/or Aurora Police could file their charges and keep him behind bars.