Arizona trooper shot in ambush attack; Good Samaritan kills gunman and Saves Trooper’s Life
Photo: Law enforcement officials investigate the scene on I-10 near Tonopah, Arizona, where a trooper was shot on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (ABC15.com)
By ABC7.com staff
TONOPAH, Ariz. (KABC) —
An Arizona trooper trying to help a motorist in a rollover crash was shot in an ambush-style attack by a random suspect, who was then fatally shot by a Good Samaritan driving by.
The trooper with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) was at a traffic stop when he received a report about a driver whose car was shot at near a median at milepost 81 on Interstate 10, reported ABC15, an ABC affiliate in Arizona.
The trooper left the traffic stop to investigate this call when he came across a rollover crash and saw that a woman had been ejected from the wreckage.
When the trooper began working to block lanes, a suspect came from an unknown direction and “ambushed” him, according to DPS.
The suspect shot him at least once in the chest-shoulder area and fought the trooper to the ground.
A passerby saw the fight unfolding and stopped to render aid to the trooper, who asked for help.
However, the suspect ignored the Good Samaritan’s orders to stop attacking the trooper.
That’s when the passerby went to his car, grabbed a gun and fatally shot the suspect, reported ABC15.
DPS said the injured trooper, who has been with the department for 27 years, was taken to an area hospital, where he was awaiting surgery. He is in stable condition.
The woman who was ejected in the rollover crash died from her injuries, authorities said. The cause of the wreck was not known.
DPS Col. Frank Milstead said he has yet to speak to the passerby, but he had this message for him:
“Thank you because I don’t know if my trooper would be alive today without your assistance.”
The incident was under investigation.
ABC15 contributed to this report.
OUTSTANDING! This is what happens when a good guy with a gun is on scene to take out the trash. Great work! We send out a hearty “Salute!” and thanks to the man of the hour there in Arizona, for backing up that state trooper. So much for the “don’t get involved” drivel some litigation-paranoid firearms instructors beat into their student’s heads. This nation is at war, internally, against evil and you are your brother’s keeper. Train hard, use your common sense and best judgment, and when you see a cretin attempting to commit murder, do what needs done to stop it.
Unfortunately, we can expect to see more such ambush style attacks on police (I sense a new “Weather Underground” style wave of leftist terrorism is coming) and it will be up to each of us to be armed, alert, and ready to act, just as this standup American did. Which is precisely why we started our Operation Backstop, to back up our local police. We will be posting more details on that program, with guidelines, advice, and training recommendations shortly. If anyone learns the identity of this hero, please let us know so we can give him our best regards. – Stewart Rhodes
Here is more from AZcentral.com:
A man traveling to California came to the rescue of a wounded state trooper who was struggling with the gunman who had shot him on an isolated stretch of Interstate 10, authorities said.
The man, who was with his wife, stopped his car when he came upon a rollover accident and saw the struggle, according to Col. Frank Milstead, Arizona Department of Public Safety director.
The trooper told the man he needed help, and the man returned to his car, got his gun and fired at the assailant when he refused to listen to orders to stop and back away, Milstead said.
The man who shot the trooper was dead, as was a woman who had been ejected from the vehicle, Milstead said.
Milstead said the trooper, a 27-year veteran, was in stable condition after being shot in the right shoulder and chest. His wife and other troopers were with him at the hospital where he was scheduled to undergo surgery. The trooper’s name was not immediately released.
He was going to be “OK after some recovery,” Milstead tweeted earlier Thursday.
Milstead spoke at a Goodyear hospital where the trooper was taken, and DPS Capt. Damon Cecil provided details from the scene of the shooting, west of Tonopah and about 40 miles west of downtown Phoenix.
Milstead said the trooper was responding to a shots-fired call at milepost 81 about 4 a.m. after a caller said a car in the freeway median had fired a shot at his vehicle.
As the trooper was heading west, he came across a rollover accident at milepost 89. The car involved was registered in Arizona.
“We believe the suspect was in the rolled-over car, but it hasn’t been confirmed,” Cecil said.
The trooper was settling down flares in the pitch dark when a gunman “ambushed” the trooper at the scene, shooting him. The wound affected the trooper’s gun hand, but the trooper continued to physically fight the man, Cecil said.
Milstead said the civilian saw a man on top of the trooper, pounding his head in the pavement, and asked if the trooper needed help.
The civilian, who also was not identified, shot the man and then used the trooper’s radio to call for help, Milstead said.
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