An Officer Was Shot Near US-Mexico Border With High-Power Weaponry

A Nogales police officer was shot multiple times and killed Friday afternoon when he attempted to apprehend a carjacking suspect during a traffic stop, officials said.

It’s the first officer fatality in the city in nearly 129 years, underscoring the shock reverberating through this close-knit border community.

The suspect is believed to have car-jacked a vehicle before shooting the Nogales Police Department officer who pulled him over, the source said. The consensus among law enforcement at this time is that the suspect used an AK-47 to shoot the NPD officer, according to the source.

Police identified the suspected shooter as David Ernesto Murillo, 28, of Tempe. He’s in police custody, and officers said they were not looking for anyone else.

“We are mourning as a department and as a community,” Bermudez said during an emotional Friday night press conference, at times his voice breaking and holding back tears.

State, federal and local law enforcement were all involved in the manhunt, the source said. The suspect at one point led authorities to the Mariposa point of entry, before stealing a vehicle and driving off once again, the source said.

Police said the suspect was driving away from the scene as the officer attempted to stop the car a short distance away near North Grand Avenue and West Mesa Verde Drive, police said.

Murillo exited the car before firing multiple shots at Cordova inside his patrol car, police said. Investigators recovered possibly 10 shell casings and concluded the officer was struck multiple times although the exact number is unknown, Bermudez said.

Nogales firefighter treated Cordova and attempted to airlift him to a Tucson hospital, but they had to turn back to get him stabilized, the chief said. They instead transported him to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

Police identified the slain officer as 44-year-old Jesus “Chuy” Cordova, who joined the department in May 2017. He previously served as a detective with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office for more than a decade.

Cordova leaves behind three children and a fiancee who is five months pregnant, said Nogales Police Chief Roy Bermudez.

RIP you will always be remembered as a hero!

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