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DA: Officer Lou Golson justified in shooting during traffic stop

APD officer Lou Golson, above left, was shot by Christopher Cook, above right, during a traffic stop in 2015. Cook pleaded guilty. The DA on Thursday determined he was justified in firing his own weapon during the incident. (Journal)

APD officer Lou Golson, above left, was shot by Christopher Cook, above right, during a traffic stop in 2015. Cook pleaded guilty. The DA on Thursday determined he was justified in firing his own weapon during the incident. (Journal)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Albuquerque Police Department officer Lou Golson’s January 2015 actions in returning fire at Christopher Cook were justified, the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday morning.

DA Kari Brandenberg in a letter to APD Chief Gordon Eden said Golson clearly was “acting in self-defense when he fired his weapon, which justification would have been available in this situation to any person.”

After making a traffic stop in an SUV, the driver suddenly fired several rounds at Golson, striking him at least three times, with two hitting his vest. The third shot entered his upper leg, resulting in a spiral fracture of his right femur, the DA’s Office said in its report. Golson also broke his wrist, apparently from falling on it after he was shot.

Golson got off eight shots, most into the driver’s door, but none striking Cook, who ran from the scene on foot. He was arrested a few days later.

Cook was charged with attempted murder, shooting at or from a motor vehicle, aggravated battery on a peace officer, and receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle. He also had two prior felony convictions that were usable for habitual offender enhancement.

In July last year, Cook pleaded guilty to several charges and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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