Hundreds gather at vigil to remember slain Ariz. officer

Officer Jesus Cordova was killed after responding to a reported carjacking


By Police1 Staff

NOGALES, Ariz. — Hundreds gathered to remember an Arizona officer who was killed in the line of duty by a carjacking suspect.

The Arizona Republic reported that law enforcement officials, family, friends and community members gathered Sunday at the site where Nogales Officer Jesus Cordova was killed. Attendees donned in blue came to support the officer who was killed after responding to a reported carjacking.

Officer Jesus Cordova leaves behind a wife and three children, and was expecting another baby soon.
Officer Jesus Cordova leaves behind a wife and three children, and was expecting another baby soon. (Photo/Nogales PD)

"If he could do it all over again, I know that he would, because that's just who he was," Cordova’s wife, Alyssa, said. "He loved to serve. He loved to serve his people. He loved to serve his family. He loved to serve his community."

On Friday, Cordova responded to reports of an armed carjacker and spotted the suspect driving away from the scene, according to the Associated Press. Police said Cordova initiated the traffic stop before the suspect opened fire and wounded the officer.

Cordova was airlifted to a hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

"His car was parked here somewhere, where you guys are standing," Chief Roy Bermudez said. "The individual came running to him. If Officer Cordova hadn't been here, and hadn't put his life on the line for our community, imagine if this individual would have gone into Villa's [Market] at 2:30 in the afternoon."

Police said the suspected shooter, 28-year-old David Ernesto Murillo, carjacked two more vehicles after the shooting before fleeing on foot. Murillo was later apprehended at a trailer park.

Family members described Cordova as a playful and good-natured man who had a love for law enforcement.

"It's very painful to have lost him, because he was a role model for everyone," Hector Raul Ojeda Salazar, Cordova’s uncle, said. "To all my nieces and nephews, he is the one I would always use as an example."

Cordova leaves behind a wife and three children, and was expecting another baby soon.

 

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