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Man sentenced 35 years for shooting at WPD officers

Following his 35 year sentence Cordova will have five years supervised release. (Source: New Hanover County Jail) Following his 35 year sentence Cordova will have five years supervised release. (Source: New Hanover County Jail)
Jermaine Junior Cordova runs towards Barclay Hills Place. (Source: WPD) Jermaine Junior Cordova runs towards Barclay Hills Place. (Source: WPD)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

A man who shot at two Wilmington Police officers has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Jermaine Cordova was sentenced in connection to shooting one man in the legs, and firing a semi-automatic pistol at two Wilmington Police officers.

The two shootings happened over the course of January 2013.

The first shooting happened on January 2, 2013. Cordova paid a stripper $500 to strip for a man, which he and another person ended up ambushing and shooting him at least four times, according to the District Attorney's office.

The victim of that incident, Karem Demond Thomas, was able to identify Cordova as one of the shooters.

The second shooting, involving the two officers, happened January 29, 2013.

According to the Wilmington Police Department, officers encountered Cordova during a traffic stop on Prices Lane around 10:00 a.m. Cordova was driving the vehicle and Christopher Williams was riding in the passenger seat.

Williams was wanted on a warrant for two counts of conspiracy to commit murder in connection with an incident on Frog Pond Place on Jan. 2, 2013.

Cordova was cooperative at first, handing over a bag containing 12.85 grams of marijuana. As officers handcuffed Cordova's left arm he pulled out a semi-automatic firing at the officer. The officer returned fire missing him.

Cordova and Williams then took off on foot. While Cordova was running away, he raised his weapon at another officer, who was able to shoot him in the leg. Williams was able to escape for several hours before being arrested later that day.

Cordova eventually ran to a shed behind a home on Barkley Hills Drive where he engaged in a standoff with officers for several hours.

He eventually gave up and was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injury. He was charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Following his 35 year sentence Cordova will have five years supervised release.

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