Armed Citizen Saves Arizona State Trooper's Life, Shoots Suspect Dead

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Good guy with a gun yet again


An armed passing motorist was credited with saving the life of an Arizona state trooper by shooting and killing a gunman who ambushed the trooper in the middle
of a lonely interstate highway before dawn on Thursday January 12th 2017.

The trooper — a 27-year veteran who hasn't been identified but was reported as stable with gunshot wounds in his chest and right shoulder — was responding to reports that shots had been fired at about 4 a.m. (6 a.m. ET) on Interstate 10 about 40 miles west of Phoenix, Milstead said.

On the way, the trooper spotted a rollover accident, stopped to investigate and began blocking off the scene. A woman who was believed to have been ejected from the vehicle was later determined to have died at the scene, authorities said.

Described as an ambush-style attack, the trooper was attempting to block lanes of the highway when a man came up and shot him in the chest. A fight between the two then began on the ground.

A driver saw what was happening and tried to come to the aid of the trooper, who was asking for help. The suspect ignored the man’s commands to stop the attack, at which time the man went to his vehicle to retrieve his firearm.

"As the trooper exited his vehicle and began to lay out flares, it appears at this point that he was ambushed by the suspect," Milstead said. "In the initial confrontation, the suspect shoots the trooper in the shoulder [and] right chest area at least one time, possibly twice, disabling the use of the trooper's right hand and right arm."


The gunman then attacked the trooper with his hands, bashing his head into the pavement, Milstead said. That's when the passing motorist stopped.

"The trooper says, 'Please help me,' and asks the uninvolved third party for help," Milstead said. "That person retreats back to his vehicle, removes his own weapon from the vehicle, confronts the suspect, giving him orders to stop assaulting the officer. The suspect refuses. The uninvolved third party fires, striking and killing the suspect."

The hero driver was identified only as a man who was traveling to California with his wife.

A second motorist who also stopped at the scene ran to the trooper's vehicle, grabbed its radio and called for help.


"I would just say at this point, thank you, because I don't know that my trooper would be alive today without his assistance," Col. Frank Milstead, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, said after he met with the seriously injured trooper at the hospital.

Not only did this armed citizen have the right mindset to stop the suspect, but he also kept a straight head after the shooting in order to utilize the trooper’s radio to make a direct call for help.

It’s an incredible story of bravery and the successful use of a firearm by an armed citizen to save a life.
 

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For every criminal use of a firearm there are hundreds of good uses.
Get well soon Trooper...
 

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Good work, but imagine walking up to that scene and leaving your gun in the car?
I have the same problem with this story. He should have been armed when he approached the first time. He's lucky that the perp didn't shoot him when he approached!

For every criminal use of a firearm there are hundreds of good uses.
Get well soon Trooper...
^^^ Truth, but the media won't have it as it doesn't fit their or their Dem handlers' agenda.

I also hope the Trooper fully recovers.
 

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Glad the trooper was saved.

Really glad that did not happen to Massachusetts.

The victims family would be suing the perpetrator ASAP.

The gunman would be up on charges with his LTC pulled and firearms confiscated.

That poor victim though.

He did not do anything to anybody.
 

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Glad the trooper was saved.

Really glad that did not happen to Massachusetts.

The victims family would be suing the perpetrator ASAP.

The gunman would be up on charges with his LTC pulled and firearms confiscated.

That poor victim though.

He did not do anything to anybody.
No LTC needed there. [thumbsup]
 
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Glad the trooper was saved.

Really glad that did not happen to Massachusetts.

The victims family would be suing the perpetrator ASAP.

The gunman would be up on charges with his LTC pulled and firearms confiscated.

That poor victim though.

He did not do anything to anybody.
You guys really need to understand something. You can live almost as well in MOST of the US on half of what you're making in that hellhole of a state. Take your tax dollars with you and leave. The liberals are doing it and turning red states purple, yet you people stay in a near -0K blue state where your votes don't mean jack.
 

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You guys really need to understand something. You can live almost as well in MOST of the US on half of what you're making in that hellhole of a state. Take your tax dollars with you and leave. The liberals are doing it and turning red states purple, yet you people stay in a near -0K blue state where your votes don't mean jack.
Believe me, if I didn't love my wife I'd be long gone!! I'd likely be in FL, though hopefully not "A Florida man" [laugh]
 

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I am betting the bad guy was either in the rollover or caused the rollover. Then waited for suicide by cop. Luckily a good samaritan had time to go get his equalizer and put the dog down.
 
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