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Video shows police official berate wife in alleged battery case

Caleb James
February 20, 2017 10:11 PM

A Hidalgo County sheriff deputy's lapel camera video obtained by KOB shows a high-ranking civilian administrator for the Lordsburg Police Department as he's cited for battery on his own wife.

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Edgar Gomez was elected to the local school board on Feb. 7, just four days after KOB first broke the news he was facing charges.

On Monday, there is a firsthand look at when law enforcement first arrived on scene and interviewed the couple. Gomez didn't seem to mind the lapel cams were rolling, as he verbally berates his wife in front of deputies.

As the lapel camera rolls, it's nearly 3 a.m. on Jan. 19, and a Hidalgo County deputy arrives at an address owned by a familiar name -- Edgar Gomez. The 26-year-old was once an employee of the sheriff's office and is now a civilian administrator for Lordsburg Police Department.

But this isn't a friendly meeting.

Gomez's wife told the deputy he'd come home late, banging on the front door and waking the couple's kids. She told deputies Gomez had pushed her onto a bed, grabbing her wrists.

In the lapel camera video, Gomez shouts at his wife and calls her slurs in front of the deputy.

"You've seen what this whore does," Gomez shouted.

Gomez constantly berated his wife in the lapel camera video, shouting profanity in front of the couple's two young children. When the deputy checked her wrists for bruises, Gomez suggested she might hurt herself to make it look worse.

"I'm really easy to bruise, so I'm pretty sure..." the wife started to say. 

Gomez follows: "Yeah, 'cause you're going to go do something to yourself. We all know you. We all know you."

His wife told deputies it's been a pattern of physical abuse.

"He actually kicked me out the other night," the wife said on the lapel camera video. "I was in my car. We got into an argument. It was bad, really bad, physically. I stayed in my car with my kids."

Gomez is the chief administrator for Lordsburg Police. No one answered the phone at police headquarters Monday, and the chief of police has not returned KOB's original calls for comment.

Gomez's wife, the alleged victim in this case, is also an employee for the department. Gomez berated her over using him for a job on the video.

"I'd rather hand you over a [expletive deleted] paycheck you [expletive deleted] whore," Gomez shouted at his wife in front of a deputy.

It didn't take long for the deputy to tell Gomez to cool it.

"Just stop, OK?" the deputy said. 

Gomez was elected to the Lordsburg Municipal Schools Board of Education on Feb. 7. He appeared in court the next day and pleaded not guilty to charges of battery on a household member. His pre-trial conference is scheduled for March 9.

Gomez picked up the phone when KOB called Monday, but he said to talk his attorney and abruptly hung up.

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Caleb James

Copyright 2017 KOB-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved

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