A DPS trooper who had been on the job less than three months was killed late Wednesday by a man who grabbed a duty weapon from one of the officers trying to arrest him on Interstate 10 in the West Valley, authorities said Thursday.
A second trooper was shot and wounded but will survive.
Authorities on Thursday afternoon identified the suspect as Issac D. King. Further details about King were pending.
At a news conference earlier Wednesday, Col. Frank Milstead, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, identified the fallen trooper as Tyler Edenhofer, who had graduated from the academy on May 4. Edenhofer had also served in the U.S. Navy.
“He was a great man, my pride and joy!” the trooper’s mother, Debbie Edenhofer, told The Arizona Republic. “My whole life was him.”
Milstead said radio operators started receiving calls about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday about a person who was “in and out of the roadway” on I-10 eastbound near Avondale Boulevard, throwing objects at vehicles.
Citizens were able to get the man out of the roadway, Milstead said.
One DPS trooper arrived, and then two others, Milstead said. Two Goodyear police officers also arrived to assist, he said. As they attempted to take the man into custody, the man struggled with the troopers, and the fight lasted several minutes.
“During the struggle, one of the troopers lost his firearm to the subject, and the subject fired at least two rounds from the duty weapon,” Milstead said.
One bullet hit Trooper Dalin Dorris in the trapezius, near the shoulder. It was a through-and-through wound, Milstead said, adding that he was in “good spirits considering the circumstances.”
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SOURCE: Arizona Republic, Jason Pohl