6th felony for man convicted of shooting Westminster officer

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WESTMINSTER — After a four-day trial last week, a Jefferson County jury quickly found Larry Gomez guilty of shooting a police officer prior to leading authorities from several cities and counties on a wild high-speed chase that took place last November.

Gomez, 34, was convicted of attempted murder of a police officer and first degree assault, both felony charges.

Given his lengthy criminal record, which includes four other felony convictions, Gomez is expected to face a lengthy sentence. Prosecutors have filed additional Habitual Criminal counts based on Gomez’s record, and a trial on those counts is scheduled for Oct. 10.

“We are very pleased with the outcome of our trial,” Jefferson County District Attorney Peter Weir said. “Fortunately, in this case the officer didn’t sustain life-threatening injuries. But anyone who fires at a police officer will be held accountable.”

Gomez is also scheduled for a trial date in Denver on Nov. 18 to face charges for firing at Denver police officers during a traffic stop on Nov. 6, 2012.

Larry Gomez. (Photo: First Judicial District Attorney Office)

Larry Gomez. (Photo: First Judicial District Attorney Office)

The next morning, court records state the same situation unfolded in Westminster, with Gomez firing at and striking an officer that was walking towards his car. He was convicted on that crime in the trial that concluded last week.

Two days following the shooting of the Westminster officer, police said Gomez dropped someone off at an address in Denver. Officers noticed and tailed him. When Gomez realized he was being followed, he sped off. He then drove onto southbound I-225, got off on Iliff, and returned to northbound I-225 before losing control of the vehicle.

Aurora Police Sgt. Frank Fania said when Gomez got out of his car, police shot at and wounded him. He reportedly continued to run, but was eventually taken into custody.

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