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Patrolman Hector Manuel Gomez | Marion Police Department, Louisiana Marion Police Department, Louisiana


Hector Manuel Gomez

Marion Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Tuesday, March 5, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 1 year

Badge # 3

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Hector Gomez was shot and killed after responding to a bank where three suspects, one juvenile and two adults, were attempting to cash a check.

Bank officials became suspicious of the transaction and called police. When Patrolman Gomez arrived, the suspects fled and he gave chase. Their vehicle crashed into a ditch and as Patrolman Gomez approached the suspects, he was shot and killed. All three suspects were later apprehended a short time later.

In August 2003, the shooter pled guilty to murder and was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The other two were charged with manslaughter.

Patrolman Gomez had been a member of the three-person department for just under one year and was the only officer on duty at the time. He was a United States Army veteran and is survived by his expectant wife, child, mother, and four brothers (one of whom serves as a Deputy Sheriff with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in Florida).

Patrolman Gomez was posthumously awarded the Louisiana Law Enforcement Medal of Honor.

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I can remember your service in Union Parish with your young family and your father-in-law performing the service. It was so heartbreaking to see the devastation and so many people with little understanding of how this could happen. Although I did not know you personally, I have thought of you often over the years, but much more recently. In today's society some people are actually encouraged to kill police officers. The news today is of a 13 year old who was killed by a police officer. He pointed a BB gun, that looked like any 9mm or 45 cal handgun, at the officer. I thought about how you hesitated to shoot a young person, likely because of his age and that brief moment, probably few seconds, of hesitation cost your life. I have not doubt that you are with our Savior. I hope you know that you are a hero with a heart and you will not be forgotten.

Deputy Teresa Moen
Retired LA P&P, Deputy OPSO
September 16, 2016


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