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Flags at half-staff for slain Nogales police officer

Flags across Arizona will fly at half-staff on Monday to honor Nogales Police Officer Jesus Cordova, who died after being shot by a suspected carjacker on Friday.

Gov. Doug Ducey ordered that flags be flown at half-staff on Monday, and on the day of Cordova's internment, which has not yet been set.

"Officer Cordova was a dedicated public servant and Arizona mourns his loss. This tragedy reminds us of the sacrifices that police officers make daily to keep our communities safe," Ducey said.

Cordova, 44, "was shot and killed Friday afternoon by a suspected carjacker who was later taken into custody after two additional carjackings and a standoff with police at a trailer park," the Nogales Independent reported.

Cordova, a father of three, is survived by a wife who is five months pregnant, the Nogales newspaper said. The suspect in the case is "being held without bond at the county jail on 21 criminal charges, including one count of murder, one count of felony fleeing, two counts of kidnapping, five counts of car theft, six counts of armed robbery and six counts of aggravated assaulted with a deadly weapon."

The officer, who was shot multiple times while attempting to make a traffic stop while responding to a report of an armed carjacking, was taken to a Nogales fire station and picked up by a helicopter to transport him to a Tucson hospital. But the chopper crew determined they needed to instead take Cordova to a Nogales hospital to stabilize him. He died at Holy Cross Hospital on Friday.

The Independent reported that Cordova's death was the first fatal shooting of a police officer in Nogales since 1991, when Department of Public Safety Sgt. Manuel Hurtado Tapia was shot by a drug-running suspect.

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