LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The attorneys representing the parents of Jorge Gomez say they have obtained new evidence and videos that show Gomez never pointed a gun at police or anybody else.
Gomez, 25, was shot on June 1, 2020, during a Black Lives Matter protest in downtown Las Vegas near the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse.
Lawyers from the Gonzalez & Flores Law Firm say the new evidence “shows that the use of deadly force against Mr. Gomez was excessive and unreasonable.”
A press conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 19 at the courthouse.
Gomez was carrying weapons and was wearing a ballistic vest on the night of the shooting. Gomez had encountered several members of law enforcement prior to the shooting without any issues.
At approximately 11 p.m. June 1, Gomez was near the federal courthouse with several other protesters when law enforcement began on operation to disperse the protesters.
The lawyers are claiming that Gomez was walking towards his car, which was parked on the street, when an LVMPD officer on the courthouse steps began shooting at him with bean-bag rounds.
In response, Gomez reportedly began to run away from the officer and that is when he was shot by other police officers.
The family’s lawyers say the new evidence will show that Gomez was not pointing his gun at the officers and he wasn’t facing the officers who fatally shot him.
During a press conference on June 5, 2020, police said that Gomez had raised his rifle and pointed it towards police officers.
A federal civil rights lawsuit was filed in August 2020 against multiple Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers who were involved in the shooting.
The officers named at the time of the shooting were Sgt. Ryan Fryman, Officer Dan Emerton, Officer Vernon Ferguson and Officer Andrew Locher.
The officers were not wearing body cameras at the time because they were not normally required to do so, according to LVMPD.
Multiple protests have been held related to the shooting of Gomez since the incident.