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APD IDs suspect fired on by police Tuesday night

Christopher Cordova (MDC)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Albuquerque Police Department identified the young man who was shot at by an officer at a West Side shopping center Tuesday night.

APD spokesman Gilbert Gallegos said 21-year-old Christopher Cordova was uninjured and a gun was found nearby. Police are investigating whether the suspect shot at or pointed a gun at officers during the confrontation.

Gallegos said police pulled over Cordova when he fled, first in a vehicle and then on foot until an “altercation ensued” near a shopping center at Ouray and 57th NW, a block west of Coors.

“One officer discharged his firearm and the offender was taken into custody,” he said. “The male offender was transported to a local hospital for unrelated health concerns and was released to be booked.”

Cordova had a warrant out for his arrest stemming from a case in 2017 when police say he was caught in a stolen BMW with a stolen gun after leading officers on a short chase.

In February Cordova was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after deputies say he pistol-whipped and beat another young man along with several others.

Cordova’s mother, Kelly Sanchez, said she is glad her son was not injured in the shooting, and she believes the officer who fired at him was doing his or her job.

“If he was armed, whether the gun was loaded or not, the police department has an obligation to protect themselves,” she said. “They have to protect their well-being as well.”

Sanchez said her son has been on the run “for some time” and although she saw him on Mother’s Day, he hasn’t lived with her since January and he never tells her where he’s staying.

“Unfortunately my son has lived this type of life since he was 14,” she said. “I want to make it very clear that he was not raised this way. These choices he made are of his own doing. He makes bad decisions and has for some time.”