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Passerby kills man who ambushed Arizona trooper

Friday, January 13, 2017 - 01:22

A passing motorist in Arizona fatally shot a man who had ambushed a state police officer along an interstate highway. Linda So reports.

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NATS: "Hello - officer down, officer down!" Moments after Arizona Trooper Edward Andersson was shot along an interstate highway west of Phoenix, a panicked motorist used the officer's two way radio to call for help NATS: "He's in real bad shape. Please send air support, helicopter, please." Andersson had been responding to a 911 call about shots being fired at a vehicle. When he arrived, he saw a rollover wreck. Police say a woman had been ejected and killed. The 27-year veteran started setting up flares when police say the suspect opened fire, wounding Andersson. SOUNDBITE: FRANK MILSTEAD, ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR, SAYING: "It's the middle of nowhere it's dark, it's pitch black, cars are whizzing by at 80 MPH and for someone to come out of the darkness and immediately shoot you." That's when police say a passing motorist saw the trooper wrestling with the suspect. The driver got out of his car and asked the officer if he could help. SOUNDBITE: FRANK MILSTEAD, ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY DIRECTOR, SAYING: "The trooper says, please help me, that person retreats back to his vehicle, removes his own weapon confronts the suspect, the uninvolved third party fires striking and killing the suspect." Trooper Andersson was rushed to the hospital where he remains in serious but stable condition. The suspect who attacked the officer has not been identified. Prosecutors will determine whether the motorist will face any charges.

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Passerby kills man who ambushed Arizona trooper

Friday, January 13, 2017 - 01:22