Denver DA charges Larry Gomez with firing from red Cadillac at Denver officer during traffic stop

Gomez also accused of firing on Westminster cop

DENVER - Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has formally charged a man accused of shooting at a Denver police officer during a nighttime traffic stop on Nov. 6.

Larry Lynn Gomez, 33, is also suspected of shooting at Westminster police officer during a traffic stop on the next night.

In both attacks, Gomez is accused of firing from a red Cadillac sedan and then fleeing without being captured.

In relation to the Denver incident, Morrissey's office on Tuesday charged Gomez with attempted first-degree murder and first-degree assault.

The charges allege that at about 12:20 a.m. on Nov. 6, Gomez fired at the Denver officer after being stopped for a traffic violation in the 4500 block of West First Avenue.  

Gomez was arrested on Nov.  9, after a wild vehicle and foot pursuit, which started in Denver and ended with Gomez and the officer both crashing their cars on Interstate 225 in Aurora.

Gomez jumped from the wreckage and ran, but Aurora and Denver officers soon caught him, police said.

At some point in the chase, Gomez was shot by a Denver officer, police said. He was treated a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, including cuts and bruises on his face. He appeared banged up during a court appearance earlier this month, wearing a cast on one arm.

The officer in the car crash had minor injuries, police said.

Just hours before Gomez's arrest, Aurora SWAT officers found and seized an older-model red Cadillac, which investigators believe Gomez used in the traffic-stop shootings, parked in at an Aurora apartment complex near Sable and Arizona.

Gomez remains in custody in the Denver Detention Center; his bond is set at $200,000.

He is scheduled to appear next Monday in Denver County Court, where he'll be formally advised of the charges he faces in the officer shooting incident.

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