An El Paso police officer was found not guilty of manslaughter Thursday afternoon in the deadly shooting of a Lower Valley man in the back in 2015.
Gomez had been charged in the shooting death of Erik Emmanuel Salas Sanchez, which happened when police responded to a domestic incident.
Gomez, who has been on administrative duty since the shooting more than five years ago, maintained he shot the man because he felt threatened — although prosecutors had pointed out that Sanchez was shot in the back.
He is believed to be the first El Paso officer ever indicted on charges stemming from an on-duty shooting.
The El Paso Police Department declined to comment on the acquittal.