At about 4:00 a.m. Thursday morning, Arizona State Police received a call of shots fired. When a trooper was dispatched, he found the scene of a rollover accident on I-10 at Milepost 89 with a female victim. As he began to close off the lanes of traffic, a sniper shot him in the shoulder and chest area. A fight ensued. An armed citizen arrived and took out the sniper.
The trooper left a traffic stop to investigate the call. When he arrived, officials said the officer was ambushed and the suspect began fighting with him.
A passerby stopped to render aid and the trooper asked for help. Officials say the driver went back to his car, grabbed a gun and shot at the suspect who was not following his commands to stop attacking the trooper. The suspect was killed.
Milstead has a message for the motorist who shot the suspect and called on the trooper’s radio for help.
“Thank you,” Milstead said, “because I don’t know if my trooper would be alive today without his assistance.”
The concealed carrier shot the suspect multiple times. He neutralized the threat as indeed he should.
The highway was closed for several hours as the investigation was conducted. The 27 year veteran Trooper is said to be stable and is going to survive.
So the gun control folks are always saying that Concealed Carriers never stop crime. They’re wrong. This gun-toting Arizonan is a hero. [His name was not released.]
Thanks for the thoughts and prayers this morning for our Trooper that was shot. Looks like he will be okay after some recovery @Arizona_DPS
— Col. Frank Milstead (@frank_milstead) January 12, 2017
— Jennifer Oney (@JenniferOney) January 12, 2017
— Ava- I love my USA! (@WEdwarda) January 12, 2017