About 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 11th, 2017, an Arizona State Trooper was shot while investigating a rollover accident. The officer was then further attacked. The accident was on a remote section of I-10 about 50 miles west of Phoenix, on the westbound side of the freeway. The officer was being beaten when a man, driving with his family, stopped to help. From ktar.com:
The officer was shot in the shoulder. His injuries were serious but not life threatening. He had been investigating a rollover accident just before shots were fired at him around 4:30 a.m., he told fellow officers.
“I don’t know that my trooper would be alive without his assistance,” Department of Public Safety Director Col. Frank Milstead said of driver’s intervention.
The driver, whose name has not been released, was in the car with his family. He pulled over after seeing the fight.
He asked the officer if he needed help and when the officer said yes, ran back to his car and retrieved a weapon.
The family man drew his weapon and demanded the attacker stop. When that didn’t happen, he fired and hit the man multiple times.
The area is remote, but there is often considerable traffic. I-10 is a major artery between Phoenix and Los Angeles. There are no street lights in the area. Sunrise would not be for another three hours. The attacker died from his wounds, as did a woman who was involved in the rollover wreck.
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