Hero Down: Bexar Deputy Leo Gomez Dies From Mercury In Bullets He Was Shot With

Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy Leo Gomez was shot seven times with mercury-tipped bullets in 1991.

San Antonio, TX – Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputy Leo Gomez died in the line of duty on May 2, due to complications from being shot in the line of duty 28 years ago.

Deputy Gomez, 63, was shot seven times by gang member Enrique Lopez on Feb. 24, 1991, WOIA reported.

Deputy Gomez was supposed to be on a day off when he encountered the shooter, former Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) Gang Unit Supervisor Deputy Kyle Coleman said.

The deputy, who had been with the unit for just two months, stopped Lopez to determine whether or not he was a gang member.

After questioning him, Deputy Gomez began to walk back towards his patrol vehicle.

That’s when the gangbanger pulled out a .45-caliber handgun, and shot him seven times.

"The next thing I remember is that I'm falling back on the ground," Deputy Gomez told WOAI in 2009. "And I'm crawling away from the patrol car, because he was in front."

Lopez started to run away, but Deputy Gomez shot him from underneath the patrol vehicle, hitting him four times, Deputy Coleman recounted.

Lopez was later convicted of attempted capital murder, and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. He was released into the community in 2009.

Deputy Gomez also survived the attack, but complications lingered due to the bullets Lopez used.

“The shooter had taken thermometer mercury and had put it in the hollow-point tips of the bullets," Deputy Coleman explained.

There is an urban legend that adding mercury in the tips of hollow point bullets can cause them to explode on impact.

“According to the doctors, that never leaves your body,” Bexar County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office Sergeant Jaime Perales added. “So, he suffered through a lot…He was expected to pass away.”

He even became a “research project” for the U.S. Air Force, Deputy Coleman said.

“For years he would go and they would do blood testing,” he said. “They would do a lot of work on Leo."

Sgt. Gomez ultimately returned to the force, and served for decades to follow.

“He just kept going and fighting through it,” Sgt. Perales said. “He was an outstanding officer. He was a true legend.”

Deputy Coleman said that Deputy Gomez was the epitome of a “street cop.”

“And Leo was damn good at what he did,” he added.

“You can ask any officer in San Antonio,” Sgt. Perales aid. “You mention his name, and a guarantee they know who he is.”

Deputy Gomez was ultimately diagnosed with brain cancer, forcing him to retire from law enforcement in 2018.

He died from complications of his wounds on May 2.

“He had a good life, but he went way too early,” Deputy Coleman said. “Way too early.”

Sgt. Perales said he went to see his friend after he passed away.

“When he was lying there, he had this little smirk on his face,” the sergeant noted. “He looked relaxed, like there was no more pain, like he was in a better place. That’s what helped us all out.”

Deputy Gomez was laid to rest on May 10.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputy Leo Gomez, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Deputy Leo Gomez, your life mattered.

Comments (17)
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Racechaser6
Racechaser6

Condolences to the families of both blood and blue.RIP Deputy Gomez. Thank you for your service,devotion and sacrifice.

VicG
VicG

Condolences to family and department. Rest in Peace Brother...

Gramercy
Gramercy

Whether a policeman is killed 1991 or today, in 2019, it IS a capital offense. Shoot the shooter!

Ctxhb
Ctxhb

May he rest in the arms of the Lord! May he welcome him home to his rest! Well done oh good and faithful servant! End of watch!

BLM ALL LIVES MATTER
BLM ALL LIVES MATTER

Wondering if Lopez can be charged with his death now since the Deputy Gomez died from the lastingly effects of the shooting or if Lopez is still even alive or can be found to face justice! I don’t know if Texas has that law like they do in Florida 🤔🤔. Rest In Peace and Condolences to all LEO

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Hopefully someone will seek justice in this case. RIP D/S Gomez

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Find, arrest and charge Lopez with murder. Why the heck was he let out anyway?? Idiot judges and parole boards. They should have halfway houses next to their own homes to house those they let out.

gfc1963
gfc1963

Lopez was given 50 years in 1991 or so and he was released in 2009???? That's a joke in itself.

Danimyl
Danimyl

It would have been hard to convict but if it was certain that he wouldn't eventually survive, then Lopez should have been charged with murder. The Jury could have decided his fate.

DC-TX
DC-TX

How the f#$k does a guy shoot a cop 7 times, even going so far as to put mercury in the bullets because he thinks they will explode, then serves 18 years??? That makes no f#%king sense. Anybody ever see the movie "Star Chamber?"

tomcd
tomcd

May Deputy Gomez rest in peace. God bless him and his Family. As far as that p.o.s Lopez can someone explain how he got a 50 year sentence and got out in 18. I will say it again, We need a Federal Law that says anyone who is found guilty of murdering a Police Officer automatically gets the death sentence which gets carried out within 24 hours of the verdict. In this case a new case should be filed and this p.o.s. should end up executed.

Wish505
Wish505

The shooter should never be allowed to walk the streets or breath air again.

Grog
Grog

Condolences to the family. Rest in peace Deputy Gomez. Now, for the shooter..... drop dead! He should be charged with murder!

John Morell
John Morell

Rest in peace Trooper God will take you into his arms.