Manhunt nabs alleged N.M. cop shooter

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A man suspected of shooting and wounding an Albuquerque police officer during a weekend traffic stop was arrested after a massive manhunt, authorities said Tuesday.

Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies took Christopher Cook, 36, into custody without incident around 4 a.m. Tuesday on suspicion of shooting Officer Lou Golson, Albuquerque police said.

Golson was shot twice, at least once in the torso, as he tried to question Cook early Saturday morning during a stop for suspected drunken driving, police said. It was unclear what provoked the driver to open fire on the officer, who shot back before the suspect fled, authorities said.

Golson is listed in stable condition following surgery, but he will need additional surgeries.

Cook told reporters as he left Albuquerque police headquarters for jail that he didn't know why he shot Golson, then said he didn't do anything.

"I don't remember Saturday. I haven't slept in two weeks," Cook said.

Online court records do not list a lawyer for Cook but show that charges were filed against him Saturday for motor vehicle theft. It was not known if those charges were related to the Saturday traffic stop.

Court records also showed that Cook has a lengthy criminal record and has pleaded guilty to burglary.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives offered a $7,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect, and the U.S. Marshals Service posted a $10,000 reward.

Police scheduled a press conference Tuesday to discuss the case.