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Good Samaritan fatally shoots man attacking officer on Arizona highway

16 January 2017

Anderson was taken to hospital where he is in serious but stable condition.

Andersson responded to a auto wreck in an unlit, rural section of I-10 near Tonopah, Arizona early Thursday morning that ejected and killed a woman, according to the AP. Authorities believe the man who shot Andersson was driving the auto that crashed.

Andersson was shot in the shoulder and chest, after such time a physical fight ensued between him and the suspect.

That's when something pretty awesome happened. That's when the passing motorist stopped. Frank Milstead, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, said in a message to the driver after he visited the trooper at a hospital.

Investigators reported that as the trooper began placing flares around the crumpled auto to warn off passing traffic, a man who had been inside the vehicle opened fire on the trooper, striking him at least twice, the Arizona Republic reported.

A witness - police have not said whether it was the motorist who shot the suspect - used Andersson's radio to call for help.

A second motorist who also stopped at the scene ran to the trooper's vehicle, grabbed its radio and called for help. Police said they believe that the man who shot and assaulted the trooper was the driver of the vehicle that crashed. "Come in, please", the man said to the dispatcher.

"I saw the officer's patrol vehicle in the middle of the highway", Schober told NBC-12 News in Arizona.

A woman had been ejected in that crash - she was later pronounced dead.

"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.

Explaining in the call that the man is in "real bad shape" and needs help. Please send air support, helicopter, please.

"The trooper says, 'Please help me, ' and asks the uninvolved third party for help", Milstead told NBC News. "If the civilian had been there any later the cop would probably have bled out", Schober said. The bystander retrieved his weapon and ordered the suspect to stop attacking the trooper. Arizona state detectives were now investigating the incident, according to an Arizona Public Safety Department statement released Thursday. "The suspect is uh, occasionally breathing or stirring". He's been shot by the passerby.

"I didn't know what was going to happen", he said.

Authorties believe the suspect may have been driving the auto that crashed and killed the woman and say they are reaching out to the 911 caller who initially made the report about gunfire on I-10.

Milstead told NBC: "In our worst hour, we may need your help, and this was today".

"I would just say at this point, thank you, because I don't know that my trooper would be alive today without his assistance". "Thank you. Thank you for the support".