Later that evening, Gomez called saying he was suicidal and Morse returned to the Logan Street location. Law enforcement was called, and Gomez voluntarily agreed to be admitted at Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings.
After his release from Mary Lanning a little more than a week later, Gomez told Morse he didn’t like his medication but Morse said he did seem better.
On Feb. 21, 2019, Gomez came to Morse’s office where he told Morse he was considering getting another lawyer for his disability case. Gomez told Morse several things he’d done wrong and that Morse had joined forces with the enemy.
“Fairly early in the conversation, I thought, ‘This isn’t going to turn out good,’” Morse said during his testimony.
Morse began rifling through some drawers, and when he looked up, Gomez was standing with a gun pointed at him.
“He had a determined look on his face like, ‘I”m going to do this, and no one is going to stop me,’” Morse recalled.
Gomez shot the gun, and Morse said it was a “dry fire.” Morse jumped out of his chair and turned to run when Gomez fired again, hitting Morse.
Morse crawled into a side room to get away from Gomez, and Gomez left the location. After calling 911, Morse was life-flighted to Kearney where he had emergency surgery. There were projectiles near his aorta, three holes in his stomach that nicked his pancreas and an exit wound near his spine.