A Columbus Police officer's weapon was discharged Monday evening during the apprehension of a man with an active arrest warrant.
At approximately 6:54 p.m., a CPD officer observed 21-year-old Jordan Cordero walking in the 4500 block of 19th St. The officer was aware of the active arrest warrant, stemming from Cordero failing to appear in court on charges of unauthorized use of a propelled vehicle and driving during suspension, released information from the department says.
The officer proceeded to chase Cordero on foot until he entered Pinnacle Apartments, 4503 19th St. Police reported that responding officers located a resident within the facility who knew Cordero, who let officers into his or her apartment.
Upon entry, Cordero allegedly engaged officers armed with a shotgun and the first responding officer subsequently fired one round toward the suspect, police reported. It did not appear that Cordero was struck and officers were able to apprehend him.
Columbus Police Capt. Todd Thalken said Cordero was positioned in the apartment’s bathroom when officers made their way to his area.
“In this instance, the officers were going through the house and they walked by the door of the bedroom and he was in the bathtub pointing the shotgun at them and that’s when the shot went off,” Thalken said of the officer’s response.
Because of the bathroom’s configuration and the angle of the shot fired, Thalken said the officer’s shot didn’t hit Cordero with the tub's location being somewhat obstructed.
“It hit the wall before it got to him because of the bathtub, it was kind of tucked behind the wall,” Thalken said.
Cordero did, however, appear to have a small laceration on his leg believed to have been sustained during the earlier foot pursuit. Police reported the laceration was treated at the scene by Columbus Fire paramedics. Cordero was then taken to the Columbus Police Department before being transported to Platte County Jail.
Cordero was arrested and charged with first-degree assault on an officer, obstructing a police officer, using a deadly weapon to commit a felony, resisting arrest, being in possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine; and being in possession of drug paraphernalia.
After arriving at the jailing facility Monday evening, Cordero hadn’t as of Tuesday afternoon officially been booked and was being kept in holding until the process could be completed. This isn’t entirely out of the ordinary, Lt. Dave Westfall of the facility said through an emailed statement when responding to The Telegram’s request for an up-to-date booking photo.
Reasons for booking not being immediately completed include the arrested not being cooperative or being under the influence of an intoxicating substance at the time the booking process would generally be handled.
Bond will be set for Cordero after the process is complete. Until that time, he will remain in holding.
“He can’t be booked out if he wasn’t booked in in the first place,” Westfall said.
Thalken added that he was glad nobody – officer and suspect – was seriously injured during the incident. He added that this summer’s series of events have been completely out of the ordinary. In June, a Columbus Police sergeant was injured by gunfire in the line of duty while responding to an active arrest warrant at a local residence, as previously reported by The Telegram.
“This is definitely an atypical year,” he said. “If there’s anything I’ve learned in this business, it’s that you never seem to get what you are expecting.”
Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.