A deadly situation near the border spilled over into a Walmart parking lot in Nogales, Arizona on the afternoon of May 24, as a pursuit along I-19 near a Border Patrol checkpoint turned into a shootout.
Troopers from the Department of Public Safety say that the shootout began at the checkpoint and continued south on I-19, eventually ending up in the Walmart parking lot.
Multiple law enforcement agencies, including Nogales Police officers, were involved in the incident.
One individual was killed in the shootout. The individual was later identified as the driver of the semi-truck, 39-year-old Glen Ray Cockrum, who initiated the pursuit when he approached the Border Patrol checkpoint.
We are on the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Nogales.
I'm told one man is dead after shots were fired near the Walmart parking lot. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff says both the sheriff's office and Nogales Police are involved. No officers were injured. @KVOA pic.twitter.com/mer0fVOXRS
— Eric Fink (@EricMillerFink) May 25, 2021
All Nogales Police officers have been cleared to return to active duty.
The City of Nogales has requested that an independent administrative review of the NPD’s response be conducted by the Oro Valley Police Department’s Professional Standards Unit. This is a typical process when weapons are discharged, and doesn’t necessarily mean that any violations of policies occurred during the deadly incident.
The following statement was released from DPS:
“The Department assisted the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office and Nogales Police Department with a criminal incident. Although Department detectives will conduct the criminal investigation, the investigation is in the preliminary phase and so we cannot provide details at this time.
Once the investigation has progressed, the Sherriff’s Office and the Nogales Police Department may provide preliminary information.”