Man found guilty of shooting
Following a four-day trial, a Jefferson County jury found Larry Lynn Gomez, 34, guilty of shooting a Westminster police officer in November 2012. The jury trial began on Sept. 16. Gomez was found guilty of attempted murder of a police officer and first degree assault.
On Nov. 7, 2012 a Westminster police officer made a traffic stop at 72nd Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard. Gomez was the driver of the car and was stopped for what appeared to be a routine license plate violation. As the officer got out of his marked patrol car and approached Gomez’s car, Gomez leaned out of the car window, shot the officer, and then sped away.
On Nov. 6, 2012, Gomez was in Denver where he is alleged to have fired shots at Denver Police officers during a traffic stop. The Denver District Attorney filed charges in that case and a trial date in Denver has been set for Nov. 18.
Working together with Westminster, Denver and Aurora police, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and District Attorney investigators arrested Gomez in Aurora two days later, on Nov. 9, 2012.
“We are very pleased with the outcome of our trial,” said District Attorney Peter Weir. “Fortunately, in this case the officer didn’t sustain life-threatening injuries. But anyone who fires at a police officer will be held accountable. Great police work and cooperation between these agencies resulted in Mr. Gomez’s swift arrest and prosecution.”
This is Gomez’s sixth felony conviction. Prosecutors have filed Habitual Criminal counts. The trial on those counts will be on Oct.10.