Man accused of shooting at Denver, Westminster police officers from Cadillac appears in court

Larry Gomez arrested after chase and crash

DENVER - The man accused of firing shots at police during separate traffic stops makes his first court appearance Tuesday.

Larry Gomez is suspected of shooting at Denver and Westminster police officers on consecutive nights last week.

In both of those cases Gomez was said to be driving a Cadillac.

7NEWS reporter Tyler Lopez was inside the courtroom for Gomez's hearing. He said Gomez wore gray jail garb while other inmates wore yellow. Gomez also had a cast over his left forearm.

Upon seeing the Gomez enter the courtroom, Lopez said family members reacted with an audible gasp.

A jail photograph of Gomez released Monday shows the injuries he suffered in the crash that ended a police chase Friday.

But the bruises and cuts in the photograph only show part of the story. He was also shot by a Denver officer sometime during a car-and-foot chase that began in Denver and ended on Interstate 225 in Aurora, law enforcement sources told CALL7 Investigator John Ferrugia.

Gomez and a pursuing Denver police officer had crashed their cars on I-225 near Iliff Avenue after 7 p.m. Friday.

He jumped from the wreckage and ran, but Aurora and Denver officers soon caught him in a nearby industrial area, police said. He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The judge decided Tuesday that Gomez should be held on $25,000 bond for the charge of motor vehicle theft and another $200,000 bond for attempted first degree murder of a peace officer.

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