TROOPER AMBUSHED ON ARIZONA HIGHWAY
January 12, 2017
At approximately 4:00 am local time, Arizona State Troopers received a call from a driver who reported that his vehicle had been fired on from someone in the median, near milepost 81, on I-10, near Tonopah, AZ.
A trooper who was responding to the report of shots fired discovered a rollover accident at mile marker 89, with a female victim ejected from the vehicle. While the 27 year veteran trooper was attempting to lay out flares to block off lanes, a gunman ambushed him.
The unnamed assailant shot the trooper in the right shoulder/chest area, then physically attacked him. The wounded trooper was overcome, and wrestled to the ground, where the suspect continued to assault him. A passing motorist stopped to see if the injured trooper needed assistance. The trooper called to him for help, at which time the motorist then went to his vehicle and retrieved a firearm. The assailant ignored the motorist’s orders to stop. The motorist then fired, fatally wounding the gunman. The Good Samaritan then retrieved the trooper’s radio and called for assistance.
The trooper was transported to a nearby hospital, where he is reported to be in stable condition. The female accident victim succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. No names have been released. It has not been determined if the assailant was the same suspect who had fired on the vehicle near Milepost 81. The cause of the accident has not yet been determined. This incident is still under investigation, at this time.
At a press conference Thursday, Col. Frank Milstead, of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, said that he had not yet had time to speak to the motorist who rendered assistance to his trooper. He did have this to say to the Good Samaritan: "Thank you, because I don't know that my trooper would be alive today without his assistance."
***Update January 12, 2017 9:40 PM
The trooper's name has been released. He is Trooper Edward Andersson. He is in stable, though in serious condition after undergoing surgery for his wounds.