Patrolman Richard Gomez

Patrolman Richard Gomez

New Mexico State Police, New Mexico

End of Watch Thursday, April 17, 1980

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Richard Gomez

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.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 13 years

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Patrolman Gomez,
Sir, even though it's been 35 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served in the USN. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

April 18, 2015

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