POMPANO BEACH, Fla.
The U.S. Justice Department's civil rights division is investigating the case of a day laborer who was shot in the head by a Broward County sheriff's deputy.
Gomez was shot once in the head in the parking lot of a Pompano Beach apartment complex in early November by Deputy Lewis Perry, who was responding to a report of an attempted burglary.
A neighbor called 911 when he didn't recognize Gomez, who apparently went to the wrong apartment after moving to Broward just three days earlier from the Mexican province of Chiapas.
When deputies arrived, Gomez and his cousin, Javier Dominguez, were walking across the parking lot. It's not clear what prompted the shooting, but neither of the two men was armed.
Gomez suffered brain damage. He is unable to walk without assistance, does not have feeling in his right arm and leg, and has the cognitive ability of a 6-year-old, said attorney David Kubiliun, who represents Gomez.