Friday, January 13, 2017

Armed Man Saves Wounded AZ State Trooper

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About 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 12th, 2017, an Arizona State Trooper was shot while investigating a rollover accident.  The officer was then further attacked. The accident was on a remote section of I-10 about 50 miles west of Phoenix, on the westbound side of the freeway. The officer was being beaten when a man, driving with his family, stopped to help. From
The officer was shot in the shoulder. His injuries were serious but not life threatening. He had been investigating a rollover accident just before shots were fired at him around 4:30 a.m., he told fellow officers.

“I don’t know that my trooper would be alive without his assistance,” Department of Public Safety Director Col. Frank Milstead said of driver’s intervention.

The driver, whose name has not been released, was in the car with his family. He pulled over after seeing the fight.

He asked the officer if he needed help and when the officer said yes, ran back to his car and retrieved a weapon.

The family man drew his weapon and demanded the attacker stop. When that didn’t happen, he fired and hit the man multiple times.
 The area is remote, but there is often considerable traffic. I-10 is a major artery between Phoenix and Los Angeles.  There are no street lights in the area.  Sunrise would not be for another three hours. The attacker died from his wounds, as did a woman who was involved in the rollover wreck.

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Anonymous said...

Interesting story. I would though, if seeing and officer being beaten up, not exit my vehicle and approach such a fight unarmed. Sorry the family man now has to live with taking another human life, but that is the nature of freedom - it is not free. Nothing is EVER free, there is always a cost.

This story is the ultimate demonstration of the truth that is the saying "Sometimes, you have to take a life in order to save a life'.

Anonymous said...

Dean You really do not like it when I post about bad cops do you? like the five cops that beat a black man north of Chicago for stealing his own car. the Article on MSN says they plan to train their cops not to react this way. what should be done is the cops should be fired and charged with criminal assault, convicted so they can never be cops again. I have treated many people in the ER that were treated this way all over the country. it is not a localized problem. I have seen first hand what the useless thugs do. from six year olds with their heads blown off to adults shot numerous times with their hands in then air. the trigger happy mindless thugs need to be removed from every cop agency in the country and any one caught trying to cover up these crimes should be charges as accessories. it is time to destroy the blue wall.