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Ariz. trooper shot, suspect killed by bystander

The trooper suffered non-life threatening injuries

By PoliceOne Staff

PHOENIX — A trooper is recovering from a gunshot wound after an armed bystander arrived to his aid. 

Capt. Damon Cecil told KPHO that the trooper, a 27-year veteran, was ambushed when he got out of his patrol car at the scene of a rollover accident.  

“A physical fight between our trooper and that suspect then ensued, at which time the suspect was shot and killed," Cecil said. 

The suspect began striking the trooper and banging the trooper’s head on the pavement.

A bystander saw the interaction and exited his vehicle to help. The bystander retrieved his weapon and ordered the suspect to stop attacking the trooper. 

The suspect refused and the bystander fired his weapon, killing the suspect, Col. Frank Milstead said.

Using the trooper’s radio, someone called for backup and emergency services. Authorities are unsure if the person who radioed was the bystander who shot the suspect. 

The trooper was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound in his right shoulder, the news station reported. 

A woman ejected from the car involved in the rollover accident later died at the hospital.

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