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Nogales police officer dies after being shot by suspected carjacker

Nogales police officer dies after being shot by suspected carjacker

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Law enforcement personnel near the bullet damaged patrol car where a Nogales Police Officer was shot in front of Villas Market at Mesa Verde and Grand in Nogales, Ariz, Friday, April 27, 2018.

A Nogales, Arizona, police officer was shot and killed by a carjacking suspect Friday afternoon. The suspect was arrested a short time later, according to the department.

Officer Jesus Cordova was flown in critical condition by helicopter to Banner-University Medical Center in Tucson, where he died at around 4 p.m., the department said.

The police department said Cordova responded at 2:41 p.m. to a carjacking report in the 2900 block of North Grand Avenue. The officer located a vehicle driving away from the scene and initiated a traffic stop.

The driver got out of his vehicle and fired shots Cordova at Grand and West Mesa Verde Drive, said Officer Oscar Mesta, a department spokesman.

Law enforcement personnel examine a house at the scene where a Nogales Police Officer was shot in front of Villas Market at Mesa Verde and Grand in Nogales, Ariz, Friday, April 27, 2018.

The man then carjacked a vehicle from the scene and left. Moments later, the man carjacked a third vehicle in the area of North Frank Reed Road.

The suspected carjacker was located in the area of West Mariposa Road and Frank Reed Road.

The suspect fled from law enforcement officers again and then got out of the vehicle and ran away. He was located in a trailer park, where he was eventually taken into custody. His name was not immediately released.

Officers were investigating multiple crime scenes Friday evening.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada said Cordova used to work as a deputy in his department.

A vehicle that may have been carjcacked at the scene where a Nogales Police officer was shot in front of Villas Market at Mesa Verde and Grand Ave., Nogales, Ariz, Friday, April 27, 2018.

        

           

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