Chief Roy Bermudez of the Nogales Police Department in Arizona sadly reports the death of Officer Jesus Cordova.

Officer Cordova, 44, was shot and killed while attempting to apprehend a carjacking suspect.

A career criminal had carjacked a citizen and fled Santa Cruz County to the city of Nogales. Cordova located the suspect and initiated a stop on the vehicle that was stolen.

When the officer activated his emergency lights, the suspect stopped immediately, exited the vehicle and charged Cordova as he was seated in his patrol unit. The suspect drew a handgun and shot him several times. The suspect then fled.

After the first carjacking and subsequent shooting, the suspect carjacked another citizen. He was apprehended later in a nearby trailer park.

Cordova was flown via helicopter to Banner-University Medical Center in Tuscon. However, while airborne, Cordova’s condition deteriorated and the helicopter diverted to Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales where the emergency room staff attempted to stabilize his condition. Sadly, he succumbed to the gunshot wounds.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is conducting the investigation. The suspect appeared to shoot Cordova through the side window. Moreover, one report indicated there were ten semi-automatic bullet casings on the ground next to the police vehicle.

Officer Cordova served the Nogales Police Department for one year. He had previously served at the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Department for ten years.

“He was an exemplary police officer, sir,” Bermudez said. “I was glad to take him in because of the reputation he had.”

He is the first Nogales police officer to be killed in the line of duty in 130 years. The last officer to be killed in the line of duty was Officer Hank Frost in 1888.

Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff on Monday, April 30, in honor of the fallen officer.

“My prayers and condolences go out to Officer Cordova’s family and loved ones and the entire Nogales community,” Ducey said in a written statement.

“This tragedy is a solemn reminder of the sacrifices that police officers make daily to keep our communities safe.”

Jesus Cordova is survived by three children and his expectant fiancé.

Officer Jesus Cordova is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Friday, April 27, 2018.

Jesus Cordova

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)