Man in custody after police chase, shootings

Larry Gomez (Colorado Department of Corrections)

Larry Gomez (Colorado Department of Corrections)

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DENVER -- Larry Gomez, 33, is now in custody after leading police on a high-speed chase Friday night that ended after his car crashed and officers shot him.

Gomez is the suspect accused of firing at two police officers in two different cities, on two consecutive mornings.

The accident involved three Denver police cars and Gomez’s Dodge Stratus, which crashed after officers tried pulling him over.

The suspect dropped someone off at an address in Denver and officers followed him. When Gomez noticed he was being followed, he sped away. He then drove onto southbound I-225, got off on Iliff, and returned to northbound I-225 only to lose control of his car.

Aurora Police Sgt. Frank Fania said when Gomez got out of his car, police shot him.

“However, he continued to run eastbound between a couple of industrial buildings here, and was arrested,” said Fania.

What ended in Aurora actually spanned through two other cities, Denver and Westminster.

Gomez is accused of firing at a Denver officer when he approached his car early Tuesday.The next morning, the same situation happened in Westminster when Gomez fired at an officer walking toward his car.

“It’s unfortunate so many people had to go through so much to catch him. It could have ended a lot worse. It’s good they finally caught him,” said Mark Stratman, an employee at Affordable Consigned Furnishings. A wood plank from a guardrail flew into Stratman's store’s parking lot after the chase.

Gomez has an extensive criminal record, including time in prison. He’ll be hospitalized for at least another day, according to police.

The suspect is already facing charges of aggravated motor vehicle theft and attempted homicide of a police officer, just in Denver alone.

Gomez is also likely to be charged Westminster and Aurora.

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