Larry Gomez denies shooting at officers, says cops "beat the dog sh*t out of me"
Update: Yesterday, we told you about the arrest of Larry Gomez, who is suspected of taking shots at officers in Denver and Westminster before leading cops in Aurora on a car chase that ended with a crash resulting in the nasty mug shot seen here; see our previous coverage below. Now, Gomez is insisting he's innocent of the first two crimes, and says of the cops who took him into custody, "They just beat the dog shit out of me."
This information comes to us from 9News, whose Anastasiya Bolton conducted a video-conference call with Gomez at the jail where he's currently cooling his heels. And while he doesn't deny fleeing from the cops in the incident that led to his arrest, as well as to a series of gnarly injuries, he portrays the fingers of blame pointing at him from Denver and Westminster as misdirected.
When asked if he was pulled over in Denver on November 6 and Westminster on November 7, allegedly while he was driving a 2000 Cadillac whose color was either "gray" or "primer," he said, "No I wasn't. I was not pulled over at all. I got pulled over Friday night, and I got caught."
On that occasion, Gomez, who admits to priors involving burglary, robbery and car theft, was reportedly driving a Dodge Stratus, not the Caddy. As for why he split, he said, "I was on the run for parole. I'm guilty of all that. That was it. That's the reason I didn't stop for them right there."
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Had he done so, his face might look considerably different. Following a chase that took place on the freeway and off, he smashed into the shoulder of Interstate 225 near the Florida exit, as did a trio of squad cars. Officers subsequently fired at him as he sprinted away on foot, only to be captured a short distance away. Cops say he resisted arrest, while he insists that the shooting-at-cops allegations are a case of mistaken identity.
"It wasn't me. It was not me," Gomez told Bolton. "If they suspect me, why do they have me guilty? Why are they beating me up? I don't even know what's going on. They just beat the dog shit out of me."
At a court appearance yesterday, Gomez's bond was set at $225,000.
Look below to see the 9News report, followed by our previous coverage.
Continue to read our original coverage about the Larry Gomez arrest. Original post, 1:15 p.m. November 13: Lots of people don't look their best in mug shots. But Larry Gomez, 33, has clearly taken this truism to an extreme.
How'd he wind up in this condition? The explanation involves a car pursuit, a crash, a foot chase and getting shot -- all after reports that Gomez shot at cops in two different cities on consecutive days.
According to the Denver Police Department, the beginning of the end for Gomez's freedom can be traced to about 12:33 a.m. on November 6, when officers conducted a vehicle stop in the 4500 block of West 1st Avenue. When the cops approached the car, however, the occupant -- now thought to be Gomez -- opened fire. The officers did likewise, but the driver fled the scene and managed to get away in his fine ride, described as a 2000 Cadillac Deville with tinted windows and a color the cops described as either "gray" or "primer."
The Caddy next appeared in a police press release on November 7, this time in Westminster. At about 2:45 a.m., a cop from the community pulled over a car of pretty much the same description. But as the officer exited his squad car, the driver opened fire and took off, getting away again.
The Westminster police shared the following Cadillac images in an effort to kick-start the search for the shooter....
...although it probably wasn't necessary, since Gomez appears to have been drawn to men and women in uniform. And on November 9, it was Aurora's turn.
At around 6:30 p.m. on that day, an Aurora Police release reveals, Denver cops, as well as representatives from several other agencies, were tracking a different vehicle (reportedly a Dodge Stratus) they felt was being piloted by the suspect in the recent shootings. They became convinced their guy was inside near the I-225 interchange, but their attempt to cut him off using three marked patrol cars was a flop, prompting a chase that found Gomez exiting the freeway at Iliff, only to immediately hop back on. As he zoomed north, however, he lost control, crashing into the right shoulder of the interstate near Florida Avenue.
He wasn't the only one to crumple metal. The pursuing Denver squad cars wiped out, too.
Afterward, at least one of the Denver cops opened fire on the suspect and found flesh. But that didn't take down Gomez, who fled on foot before being corralled behind 1640 Abilene Street -- after which he was transported to a hospital for treatment of his assorted injuries.
In contrast, the cops came through more or less unscathed. One officer was treated for a cut hand, but that's it.
Gomez, who's said to have a lengthy record prior to this month, will likely be adding to it in the coming days. Here's a larger look at his mug shot.
More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Dustin Winesberry, registered sex offender, takes world's sexiest mug shot."
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