Arizona Good Samaritan shot dead man attacking police officer

13 January, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Arizona Good Samaritan shot dead man attacking police officer

DPS Director Frank Milstead says in a Twitter post the trooper was shot but that he apparently "will be OK after some recovery". The suspect had shot the trooper, then fought the trooper to the ground when the passerby stopped.

Officials said they were trying to determine exactly what happened and that the investigation faced major hurdles with the trooper seriously injured and two of the others involved dead. 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.

Investigators said the officer was on his way to a call of shots fired at a vehicle at about 4:20 a.m. when he encountered a rollover accident.

The trooper was rushed to an area hospital, where he underwent surgery.

When he started to block lanes and put out flares, a suspect ambushed him, opening fire then physically attacking him. The woman who was ejected in the rollover crash died from her injuries, authorities said.

Milstead said he had not yet had a chance to speak to the man, who was traveling with his wife to California at the time.

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In a news conference from the hospital where the trooper is being cared for, Milstead thanked the man who stopped to help.

It was too early to know whether the motorist will face any charges in connection with the shooting, said department spokesman Bart Graves.

The extent of the trooper's injuries weren't immediately released Wednesday night.

The Arizona Department of Transportation said the stretch of interstate where the incident took place was expected to be "extended".

No word on when the interstate will reopen.

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