A man that is suspected of shooting a police officer on a routine traffic stop was driving a stolen SUV when he was pulled over, according to Albuquerque, NM police. He has since been arrested. He has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer.
The manhunt for Christopher Cook, a homeless man, was hard because he moves around a great deal, and acquaintances no longer deal with him.
Cook was arrested yesterday after deputies saw him walking on a street in Albuquerque. They went to check on him because it was cold outside. He was taken into police custody and was linked later through DNA and fingerprints to be the shooter of the police officer.
The police officer, Lou Golson, was shot several times as he tried to question the homeless man last Saturday. The officer stopped Cook because he suspected he was driving drunk.
Video footage from the officer’s body camera showed that the driver of the SUV opened the door and started firing several shots. The officer grunted and fell to the ground.
The police officer then fired eight shots into the car door, and the man fled the scene on foot. The police then spent several days trying to find the suspect.
Fortunately, the officer was wearing a bulletproof vest, and the shots to his chest did not seriously injure him. However, the deputy broke his leg and wrist in the fall. He is in stable condition after surgery, but will need several more.
Golson and his family were greatly relieved when they were told that an arrest had been made in the case.
Investigators do not know if the shooting was targeted towards Golson in particularly or if it was totally random.
Police say that Cook has a long rap sheet and has been arrested for drugs and assault. He was released from state prison a year ago and has served time for violent felonies in the past. Cook also had warrants for his arrest for the theft of the SUV. He allegedly stole it a few hours before the shooting, telling a used car dealership that he wanted to take it for a test drive.
He told reporters on Tuesday that he did not know why he shot the police officer and then he said that he had not done anything. He also said that he did not remember Saturday at all and that he had not slept in 14 days.