Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 1 year
Badge # 3
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Offender: Sentenced to life
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.