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 one mile west of Coyote, New Mexico.

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 21st, 1981.

Patrolman Gomez was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served 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

drunk driver, traffic stop

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April 17, 2022

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