Man accused of pointing shotgun at police officer pleads not guilty to offenses
A Columbus man accused of pointing a shotgun at law enforcement that resulted in an officer discharging his or her firearm pleaded not guilty to a string of felony offenses during an arraignment Friday morning in Platte County District Court.
Jordan Cordero, 21, pleaded not guilty to attempt of a Class II felony, a Class IIA felony; making terroristic threats, a Class IIIA felony; using a firearm to commit a felony, a Class IC felony; using a deadly weapon to commit a felony, a Class II felony; and being in possession of a controlled substance – methamphetamine, a Class IV felony.
Cordero on Friday remained detained in Platte County Jail on a $750,000 bond with a 10-percent option. The defendant, represented by defense attorney Nathan Stratton, is scheduled for a 9 a.m. jury trial on Feb. 4, 2018, in district court with Judge Robert Steinke presiding over the case.
Cordero at the time of his arrest had an active Platte County warrant stemming from him failing to appear in court on charges of unauthorized use of a propelled vehicle and driving during suspension, according to court records.
At approximately 6:54 p.m. on Sept. 11, the officer noticed Cordero walking in the 4500 block of 19th Street, according to an arrest affidavit. The officer proceeded to chase Cordero on foot until he entered Pinnacle Apartments, 4503 19th St. Police reported that responding officers located a resident within the facility who knew Cordero, who let officers into his apartment.
Upon entry, Cordero allegedly engaged officers armed with a shotgun and the first responding officer subsequently fired one round toward the suspect, police reported. It did not appear that Cordero was struck and officers were able to apprehend him.
Columbus Police Capt. Todd Thalken said during a previous interview with The Telegram that Cordero was positioned in the apartment’s bathroom when officers made their way to his area.
Because of the bathroom’s configuration and the angle of the shot fired, Thalken said the officer’s shot didn’t hit Cordero.
Cordero did, however, appear to have a small laceration on his leg believed to have been sustained during the earlier foot pursuit. Police reported the laceration was treated at the scene by Columbus Fire paramedics. Cordero was then taken to the Columbus Police Department before being transported to Platte County Jail.
While being placed under arrest, court records show that officers allegedly found a clear baggy with methamphetamine inside, along with a pipe, on his person.
In other district court news:
*Michael J. Warkentin, 21, was arraigned by Steinke on a lone charge of theft by shoplifting third offense, a Class IV felony. If convicted to the full extent of the law, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the alleged offense alongside his attorney, Nathan Stratton, and is scheduled for a jury trial at 9 a.m. Feb. 4, 2018.
Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at email@example.com.