A New Mexico police officer who came out of retirement to answer a police shortage was shot during a routine traffic stop last weekend, and the video of the altercation has since gone viral.
Albuquerque Officer Lou Golson stopped an SUV driver on suspicion of drunk driving in the early morning hours of Jan. 3.
Footage from Golson’s body camera showed that he approached the vehicle and shined his flashlight through the driver’s side window, ordering the driver to turn off the engine, according to video published on the local ABC affiliate KOAT TV.
The driver complied and then opened his door, then started firing at Golson, KOAT reported.
The assailant fired five shots at the officer, sending him to the ground, writhing in pain.
Golson was able to get eight shots off at the fleeing driver, but none hit its target.
“Blue jacket. Running northbound. San Mateo,” Golson said calmly in calling in the altercation. “
Sheriff’s deputies apprehended the driver, identified as Christopher Cook, as he was staggering along a road at 4 a.m. Tuesday, KOAT reported.
Officers found Cook’s fingerprints on the door of the SUV, which was reported as stolen during a test drive, according to KOAT.
Cook pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder Wednesday.
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