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City settles APD 'spoon' shooting case

Created: 12/13/2013 12:34 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra and Elizabeth Reed, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The city of Albuquerque has agreed to pay thousands of dollars to the family of a man who was shot and killed by an APD officer in 2011.

Police said the officers thought 22-year-old Alan Gomez was holding a gun when he allegedly held his brother and brother's girlfriend hostage in an Albuquerque home. His brother, Eric Gomez, later said he hadn't felt as though he was being held prisoner.

Officer Sean Wallace shot Gomez in the back during the incident. Police soon discovered Gomez was not armed, but instead holding a black plastic spoon.

City attorney David Tourek sent a statement to KOB about the settlement: "Considering that even at a 5% finding of fault against the city would have resulted in a sizeable amount of mandatory legal feeds, the committee deemed the best economic, legal and policy decision for the city and APS was to resolve this case through settlement."

In a phone call with KOB, Gomez's father said the settlement was "bittersweet."

Alan Gomez, 22, was fatally shot by an Albuquerque police officer.

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