Alex Gonzales’ tragic death shows need for restraint by off-duty police officers
In January 2021, Alex Gonzales was killed in a road rage incident involving off-duty police officer Gabriel Gutierrez. The officer was in his personal vehicle when he claims Gonzalex cut him off and pointed a gun at him. Guitierrez shot and injured Gonzalez and then called 911. When officers arrived, they fatally shot Gonzalez as he walked injured and unsteady toward the back of his car to check on his 2-month-old baby.
Hendler Flores Law is representing the family of Alex Gonzales in a lawsuit against the City of Austin.
Experts agree the case highlights the perils of law enforcement officers taking action while off duty.