Gómez was the chief of a southern band of Mescalero Apache during the mid 19th century.
He was one of the most powerful Mescalero war leaders of the Southwest, with some four hundred warriors under his command. Their territory ranged from the Guadalupe Mountains to El Paso, and they were particularly active looting the wagon trains between El Paso and Chihuahua City, earning Gómez the nickname ‘the terror of Chihuahua’.
Gómez and his band were, though, friendly to Anglos, until Glanton’s scalphunters attacked them. When Trías offered 1000 pesos for Gómez’s scalp, the chief responded by offering an equal amount for the scalp of any American or Mexican.