A police officer slain in Nogales, Arizona became the 46th police officer to be killed in 2018. A Tempe carjacking suspect has been arrested for the shooting death of Officer Jesus Cordova. The Nogales Police Department confirmed the suspect has been identified as David Ernesto Murillo.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We are deeply saddened by the loss of Officer Jesus Cordova. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and the Nogales Police Department. <a href="https://twitter.com/NogalesPoliceAz?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NogalesPoliceAz</a> <a href="https://t.co/Ywm1cKfKKq">pic.twitter.com/Ywm1cKfKKq</a></p>— Pima County Sheriff (@PimaSheriff) <a href="https://twitter.com/PimaSheriff/status/990027887821570048?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 28, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Officer Cordova was shot by the carjacking suspect and later died from those wounds. "We are mourning as a department, as a community," Nogales police said in a statement. The shooting happened in the 2900 Block of North Grand Avenue where Cordova responded to a carjacking in progress.
"An officer located the vehicle driving away from the scene," Nogales police said. "A traffic stop was initiated, the suspect then exited his vehicle and fired shots at the officer, striking the officer." The 28-year-old Murillo escaped the scene in a stolen vehicle before getting captured again. Officer Cordova left behind a pregnant fiancee and two kids and was the first Nogales police officer killed in the line of duty since Hank Frost in 1888.
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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey ordered flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff Monday, April 30, 2018, to commemorate Cordova's sacrifice. "Officer Cordova was a dedicated public servant and Arizona mourns his loss. This tragedy reminds us of the sacrifices that police officers make daily to keep our communities safe," Governor Ducey said. "My prayers and condolences go out to Officer Cordova’s family and loved ones and the entire Nogales community. In honor of Officer Cordova’s life and service, I’ve ordered flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff on Monday."
According to the <a href="https://www.odmp.org">Officer Down Memorial page,</a> Cordova is the 46th officer slain in 2018 alone in the United States.
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