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El Paso police officer accused of shooting death was suspended twice for separate incident

Mug shot of Mando Kenneth Gomez courtesy of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

KFOX14 Investigates looked into the history of an El Paso police officer who was indicted on manslaughter.

According to court documents, Mando Kenneth Gomez was indicted on Feb. 28 by a grand jury in connection with the 2015 shooting death of 22-year-old Erick Emmanuel Salas-Sanchez.

Salas-Sanchez, 22, died on April 29, 2015 when police responded to a burglary call in the 300 block of Jesuit Drive.

According to Gomez’s disciplinary history, he was suspended twice from the El Paso Police Department.

The suspension-settlement agreement obtained by KFOX14 Investigates states Gomez failed to appear in court on June 29, 2010,where he was supposed to testify. Gomez admitted to not notifying anyone in a timely manner not making an appearance in court. Gomez said his girlfriend had told the court liaison he couldn’t attend. He was suspended for five hours for violating the El Paso Police Department’s procedures.

In March 2012, Gomez and two fellow officers engaged in off-duty misconduct, according to a second suspension-settlement agreement signed by Gomez and police Chief Gregory Allen. According to the document, Gomez and two other officers were at Muggs Bar and Grill when Gomez saw the co-owner of the bar get a traffic citation by an on-duty officer. The document states that Gomez tried calling the on-duty officer several times to discuss the traffic stop and to ask for a favor regarding the citation. Gomez admitted to calling the on-duty officer to explain to him that co-owner believed it was a practical joke being played on her by the off-duty officers. Gomez was suspended for five hours as a result, according to the suspension-settlement agreement.

Gomez who is a 10-year veteran with the department was placed on administrative leave for the shooting death of Salas-Sanchez.

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