Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Man Shot By Ex-Top State Cop
Journal Staff and Wire Reports
Former New Mexico State Police Chief Maurice Cordova shot a man after Cordova and his wife returned to their South Valley home Monday night and found the man in their kitchen, according to the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department.
Erin Kinnard, a department spokeswoman, said the couple found David Garcia, 27, standing naked in the kitchen. Kinnard said Garcia appeared to be intoxicated and ran into a bathroom.
Kinnard said Cordova, 76, retrieved a gun from another room, then confronted Garcia in the bathroom. Garcia appeared to have something in his hand, possibly a knife, Kinnard said.
"Chief Cordova felt threatened and fired shots at Garcia," she said.
Garcia was shot in the abdomen. He was taken to University of New Mexico Hospital for surgery.
Cindy Foster, a UNMH spokeswoman, said Garcia was in critical condition Tuesday night.
Kinnard said no charges have been filed against Cordova because it appears the couple came home to an intruder.
She said felony charges likely will be filed against Garcia.
Cordova was appointed chief in March 1983, replacing Don Moberly, who had been acting chief since the resignation of Richard C' De Baca about a month earlier.
Cordova resigned Aug. 31, 1985, after a 32-year career.
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