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Man Shot by Police Has Lengthy Arrest Record

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque police have identified a man who was shot by police Friday after he eluded officers by climbing onto a home rooftop.


Wayne Cordova, 22, who is accused of stealing a vehicle and threatening two school employees, caused three schools to be placed on lockdown Friday. He remained at the University of New Mexico Hospital in critical condition on Saturday.

Cordova has a laundry list of prior arrests for numerous charges including battery on a police officer, receiving and/or transfering a stolen vehicle, shoplifting, robbery, possession of stolen property, commercial burglary, and taking drugs into a jail, according to Albuquerque Police Department records.

“This is another unfortunate example of the type of a property crime criminal that the men and women of APD have to deal with all too often,” Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz said. “There is no reason for Cordova to be on the streets with 11 prior arrests. Everytime I see rap sheets like Cordova’s I get angry and disappointed with the continued failures in the criminal justice system.”












Wayne Cordova



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