In the days after a Nogales police officer Jesus Cordova was shot and killed in the line of duty, Lorraine Rivera toured the town with Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada to understand the impact to the community.
Nogales had two murders in two months. Prior to that, it had been at least five years since law enforcement in Santa Cruz County had investigated a murder.
“We like to think it’s something that won’t be normal but it worries us because we’re not used to this. We’re not used to seeing this violence,” said Estrada.
Officer Cordova was shot and killed by a car-jacking suspect last week. He was the first Nogales police officer killed in 130 years. Before joining the Nogales Police Department, Cordova served in the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Department for 11 years.