On her first day, rookie officer apprehends murder suspect
April 30, 2018 06:17 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Police officers are tasked with a big responsibility, even on day one.
For rookie APD officer Stephanie Cockerill, her first day on the force started with a noise complaint but led her to a wanted murder suspect.
"I run it through the system and it came back in our national crime information center as a hit," she said.
Not even 24 hours on the job and Cockerill made her first arrest: 20-year-old Francisco Lopez.
"He had two felony warrants for a homicide and one was for failure to appear on that homicide," she said.
Lopez was wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting from 2015 that left 14-year-old Isaiah Albright dead. Lopez was formally charged last month.
A spokesman for the District Attorney's Office said they believe Lopez was driving the vehicle. Even if Lopez didn't pull the trigger, he's being charged as an accessory because he helped by being behind the wheel.
Getting him off the streets, something Cockerill feels good about, especially on her first day.
"To go through rigorous training in the academy for six months to make sure violent criminals are off the street, and I felt like I was doing exactly what I was trained to do," Cockerill said.
Updated: April 30, 2018 06:17 PM
Created: April 28, 2018 09:27 PM
Copyright 2018 KOB-TV LLC, a Hubbard Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved