Aurora schools placed on 8-hour lockdown during suspect search

11:32 PM, Nov 9, 2012   |    comments
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Aurora police were at an apartment complex at East Mississippi Avenue and South Sable Boulevard in Aurora where the car was found Friday morning. During the investigation, two Aurora schools, Gateway High School and Jewell Elementary, were placed on lockdown.

During the eight-hour lockdown, students and staff were not allowed to leave the classroom. School officials had to serve lunch to students in their classroom.

Police say the extreme measures were taken to protect the citizen, schools and businesses in the area. Police searched the apartment complex and believe the suspect is not there.

The suspect, Larry Gomez, 33, allegedly shot at a Westminster police officer during a traffic stop early Wednesday morning. The bullet grazed the officer, causing minor injury.

The case is similar to one that Denver police are investigating that happened early Tuesday morning. Denver officers were conducting a traffic stop when the driver exchanged gunfire with officers, then fled the scene.

The gray 2000 Cadillac Deville was seized by Denver police. 

Gomez was shot and wounded by police Friday night after a high speed chase. Gomez suffered minor injuries. 

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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