Man sentenced for attempted murder

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A man found guilty of attempted murder of a police officer was sentenced to 96 years in prison. Larry Gomez, 34, was sentenced on Nov. 15. He is also found guilty of first-degree assault.

In September, a four-day jury trial found Gomez guilty of shooting a Westminster police officer on Nov. 7, 2012 during 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 started on Nov. 18 in Denver.

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.

After the September trial, District Attorney Peter Weir said he was pleased with the outcome, and although the officer didn’t sustain life-threatening injuries, 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,” he said.

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