Good Samaritan Kills Suspect Assaulting a State Trooper

A Good Samaritan sprung into action on a roadway in Arizona when he shot and killed a man who had shot an Arizona state trooper and was in the process of pummeling him at the scene of a car crash.

This whole bizarre incident began at about 4 a.m. on a remote stretch of Interstate 10 in Arizona.

The Arizona State Trooper, a 27-year veteran, was responding to a separate driver’s call about gunfire in the area.

Department of Public Safety Director Ralph Milstead said, “The driver had called the police to report being shot at while driving along Interstate 10.”

When the trooper saw a rollover car collision on Interstate 10, he stopped to assist and saw a woman who was apparently thrown from the vehicle and lying on the side of the roadway. The woman was later pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital.

The trooper exited his vehicle and was in the process of setting up a traffic pattern, by blocking off lanes and setting up flares, when out of nowhere an assailant shot the trooper in the chest and right arm area, disabling him.

The assailant then proceeded to physically attack the trooper and the two were rolling around on the pavement.

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Arizona State Troopers at Scene

Milstead said, “The man was ‘getting the better of him,’ slamming the trooper’s head against the pavement. At that point, the good Samaritan — having noticed the altercation — pulled over and asked the officer if he needed help, to which he said ‘Yes, please help me.'”

The motorist then retrieved a gun from his car and, after demanding the assailant stop assaulting the officer and the assailant’s refusal, fatally shot the suspect. The motorist quickly grabbed the police officer’s radio and called for help.

Public Safety Director Ralph Milstead said,”My trooper would not be alive without his assistance.”

Arizona has a law in effect called regarding “defense of third person.” This allows a person to use deadly force against someone who is threatening or injuring a third party.

The wounded trooper, whose name was recently released as Edward Anderrson, was transported to a hospital where he is in stable condition.

H/T:  ABC News

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