A man traveling to California came to the rescue of a wounded Arizona state trooper struggling with a gunman who had shot him Thursday 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 before sunrise and saw the struggle, according to Col. Frank Milstead, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The trooper told the man he needed help, and the man returned to his car, got his gun and fired at the assailant.
The man who shot the trooper was killed, as was a woman who had been ejected from the vehicle, Milstead said. None of the names of those involved has been released.
The trooper was in stable condition after being shot in the right shoulder and chest, Milstead said. The 27-year veteran officer was scheduled to undergo surgery.
He is going to be “OK after some recovery,” Milstead tweeted earlier Thursday.
The trooper was taken to Abrazo West Campus hospital in Goodyear, Ariz. He was driving at about 4 a.m. MT to Milepost 81 on I-10, about 40 miles west of downtown Phoenix, after a caller said a car in the freeway median had fired a shot at his vehicle.
As the trooper headed west, he came across a rollover accident at Milepost 89. The car involved was registered in Arizona.
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SOURCE: USA Today; The Arizona Republic, Yihyun Jeong and Alessandra Luckey