Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 10 years
Badge # Not available
Weapon: Handgun; .22 caliber
Offender: Sentenced to 13 years
Patrolman Richard Gomez was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for drunk driving. During the arrest, the suspect pulled out a .22 caliber handgun and shot Patrolman Gomez in the left shoulder, severing a major artery. The suspect remained at the scene and surrendered without incident.
The 60 year-old suspect was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and sentenced to 13 years in prison on February 21, 1981.
Patrolman Gomez was a U.S. Navy veteran and had been in law enforcement for ten years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son.