Accused Man Denies Shooting At Officers During Traffic Stops
DENVER (CBS4/AP) — Bond for a man suspected of shooting at officers making traffic stops in Denver and Westminster has been set at $225,000.
Larry Lynn Gomez, 33, appeared in a Denver courtroom Tuesday. He was captured Friday night after a car chase that ended in a crash near Interstate 225 in Aurora. Police shot him as he ran from the crash scene.
Gomez faces charges in Denver of aggravated motor vehicle theft and attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.
Police say Gomez is suspected of firing at officers during a traffic stop in Denver on Nov. 6 and during a similar stop by Westminster police the next day.
Gomez said that he’s not the man who fired. He says he wasn’t pulled over those days and only ran from police Friday because he violated parole. Dozens of Gomez’s family members appeared in court Tuesday for support.
Gomez’s mother, Iness Gomez, told CBS4 her son didn’t shoot at the officers, but wouldn’t comment further.
“To see him like that, it hurts … to see your own family like that. People are already judging him for what he’s doing,” Gomez’s aunt Liz Martinez said. “He was guilty on parole violation, that was it. That’s why he ran — the parole violation.”
Martinez said the parole violation was for a DUI.
Gomez’s six-page criminal history includes arrests for burglary, drug possession, trespassing, domestic violence and numerous parole violations.
Before Gomez left court he mouthed over to his family “I love you,” and then gestured a kiss. He’s not expected back in court until he’s officially charged.
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