Injured officer speaks out on life-changing traffic stop

Officer Lou Golson
Officer Lou Golson

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police Officer Lou Golson spoke out about the traffic stop where he was shot multiple times and about his recovery at an event honoring the first responders who helped save his life. Golson said he thought he was pulling over a drunk driver when the unimaginable happened. He spotted a silver SUV speeding down Montgomery in the early morning hours of Jan. 3.

“This car comes to a screeching halt at a green light, which is pretty typical of a impaired driver,” Golson said.

The 31-year veteran of APD pulled the SUV over on San Mateo.

“As I’m walking up, I can hear him trying to start the car. I tell him to stop, turn the car off, and you know, suddenly the door opens. There’s five shots, four of which hit me,” said Golson.

He was shot in the leg; another bullet penetrated his vest. Golson returned fire and called for help when the shooter ran.

Christopher Cook was arrested a few days later. Golson said aside from his appearance at Cook’s arraignment this week, he doesn’t think of him.

“Anger takes up way too much energy. I prefer staying positive, that’s what’s gotten me where I’m at today,” Golson said. “Is he a sociopath? Yeah. Am i angry with him? No, like i said, it takes up way too much energy.”

He does however, think of the crews from Albuquerque Ambulance Service and Albuquerque Fire Department Station 19 that responded to the scene.

Friday those crews were honored by the city as heroes.

AFD Cap. Steve Keffer said they were just doing their jobs.

“We do this everyday, day in and day out,” Keffer said.

Golson said Keffer is being too modest.

“He’s professional, but yes, he is a hero. I don’t care what he says,” said Golson.

Golson also extended his thanks to the people who have wished him well. He said he has a long road to recovery, but does plan to return to the police force. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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