Nogales, AZ – Nogales Police Department Officer Jesus Cordova was fatally shot on Friday after responding to a carjacking.
The incident started Friday at around 3 p.m. in the Mesa Verde Drive area when Officer Cordova was responding to a report of a carjacking, according to Nogales International.
The officer saw the suspect vehicle fleeing the area and initiated a traffic stop.
Shots were fired during the traffic stop, leaving the officer critically injured. The suspect fled from the scene.
Videos have surfaced on social media which appear to show people rush in to video the critically injured officer in his patrol car.
The officer’s patrol car had numerous gunshot holes in the windshield, both driver’s side windows shot out, and the passenger side window shot out, as well as bullet holes in the car’s body.
The officer was airlifted to Tuscon in critical condition where he died.
Officers located the suspect and a pursuit started which involved another gunfight and two more carjackings before the suspect was taken into custody near Mariposa Manor Trailer Park, according to Nogales International.
Officer Cordova started his career as a deputy with Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office on 2006 where he became a detective in 2011. He later joined the Nogales police department.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Nogales Police Officer Jesus Cordova, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Officer Jesus Cordova, your life mattered.