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Two of the more harrowing incidents that police on the beat face every day is the possibility of having a gun pointed at you and having to shoot someone.
Young police officer Jovaniel Cordova recently faced both situations and was awarded the 67th Precinct’s “Cop of the Month” for his response.
The incident unfolded when Cordova, 22, was patrolling the streets of the 67th Precinct’s Impact Zone on a three−wheel scooter and noticed a suspicious black male cowering in a corner.
“He was basically backing up other personnel and I tell all my cops that they a license to be suspicious,” said Capt. Jeff Schiff, Cordova’s immediate commander.
Schiff said Cordova told the suspect to step forward and put his hands his hands on the scooter. At the same time Cordova saw a bulge in the man’s pants and some bullets in his belt.
At this time, the suspect took off with Cordova on his tail.
Schiff said about a block and a half away, a .357−magnum gun dropped out of the suspect’s waistband, and Cordova pulled his firearm and ordered the suspect to not move. The suspect however, ignored Cordova’s order, and picked up the gun.
Cordova told the suspect several times to drop it, but when he pointed the weapon at the him, Cordova fired one round, hitting the suspect in the chin.
The suspect, Akeem Harvey, 18, recovered from the wound and is facing charges of criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest.
“I was absolutely scared. I found bullets on him and after he took off my heart was racing,” recalled Cordova of the incident. “I didn’t know what I was racing after. The .357−magnum fell and he picked it up and aimed it at me, and I had to do what I was trained to do. I’m just happy to be alive.”
Cordova, who was born, raised and still lives in Brooklyn, started as an auxiliary cop two years ago at the age of 20, and then joined the force a year later at 21.
The cop has been on the force for less than two years.
“My mother is a nervous wreck and my father tells me every day just to be careful, look out and keep all four eyes open,” said Cordova.
“I never knew what that meant, but my father always makes sure that I’m sharp,” he added.
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