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Arizona police officer killed, suspect arrested after stealing 3 cars



A police officer in Arizona is dead and a suspect is in custody after stealing three cars in a fierce series of incidents on Friday in Tucson.

According to Nogales police, police officer Jesus Cordova was shot and killed several times after driving over a driver at around 14:40 after an armed caravan.

The suspect left the car and shot at Cordova after he had been run over, the police said. He is said to have stolen two cars during a chase.

The suspect was identified by the police as David Ernesto Murillo (28), who was later arrested in a caravan park after police tracked down the stolen car.

  David Ernesto Murillo, 28, was arrested on April 27, 2018, during the shooting death of a police officer in Tucson, Arizona. Nogales Police Department
David Ernesto Murillo, 28, was arrested during the shootings Death of a police officer in Tucson, Arizona, on April 27, 2018.

"We come here today with a heavy heart because we have the loss of one mourn our officers, "said Sheriff Roy Bermudez of Nogale's emotional press conference Friday. "We ask for prayers for his family, friends, members of the Nogales Police Department, and the community as a whole."

Cordova, 44, was engaged and the father of three children. His fiancé is five months pregnant with her fourth child.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety will take over the investigation, Bermudez said. The investigation is complicated with seven different crime scenes because of the carjackings, the shooting and the eventual capture, the police said.

Bermudez refused to provide any information about Murillo during the press conference and said, "I will not give him the time to talk about him on TV."

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said the flags would fly at half past two on Monday to honor Cordova.

"My prayers and condolences are directed to the family and relatives of Officer Cordova and the entire Nogales community," Ducey said in a statement. "This tragedy is a solemn reminder of the victims that police officers make daily to bring our communities to safety."

Cordova had worked for the Nogales Police Department for only one year after coming to the Department from the Sheriff's Office of Santa Cruz County, California.

"He was a model policeman, sir," said Bermudez. "I was glad to accept him for his good reputation."


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