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Passing Motorist Kills Arizona State Trooper's Attacker

Passing Motorist Kills Arizona State Trooper's Attacker

Emergency call from the scene in Arizona. (Screengrab of posted video)

By    |   Friday, 13 January 2017 09:21 AM

A passing motorist who was armed killed a man he saw slamming an Arizona state trooper’s head against the ground after having shot the officer from ambush on the side a highway.

The motorist, whose identity is being withheld, is credited with saving the life of Trooper Edward Anderson after he had been shot in the right shoulder and chest on Thursday morning, said The Associated Press.

The life-saving Samaritan was traveling to California with his wife when he saw Anderson being attacked on Interstate 10 about 40 miles west of Phoenix. (See news video below.)

“I would just say at this point, thank you, because I don’t know that my trooper would be alive today without his assistance,” said Col. Frank Milstead, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, per NBC News. Anderson underwent surgery at a Goodyear hospital following the ambush.

Anderson, a veteran of nearly 30 years, was responding to a call about shots being fired early Thursday morning before the ambush took place. On his way to the scene, he stopped to investigate a rollover accident

“As the trooper exited his vehicle and began to lay out flares, it appears at this point that he was ambushed by the suspect,” said Milstead, according to NBC News.

Anderson and the attacker then engaged in a struggle on the pavement, which is when the passing driver stepped in.

“The trooper said, ‘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 state of Arizona has a “defense of third person” law under which an individual is allowed to use deadly force against a person who is “threatening or injuring a third person,” according to the AP.

“Arizona was open-carry before it was a state,” said Charles Heller, co-founder of guns-rights group Arizona Citizens Defense League. “If you see a guy walking down the street in Tucson, Arizona, with a gun on, you don’t think much of it. It’s natural.”

 

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