“PHOENIX — A man who shot and wounded an Arizona state trooperThursday along a remote highway and then started slamming the helpless officer’s head into the pavement as the two struggled was shot to death by a passing driver, authorities said.
Trooper Edward Andersson, a 27-year veteran of the Department of Public Safety, was shot in the right shoulder and chest in what authorities called an ambush and was in serious but stable condition after surgery at a Goodyear hospital.
DPS Director Frank Milstead had words of thanks for good Samaritan who stopped to help, CBS affiliate KPHO reported.
“My trooper would not be alive without his assistance,” Milstead said of the driver who stopped.
Arizona has a “defense of third person” law that allows someone to use deadly force against another who is threatening or injuring a third person. It was not unusual that the passing driver was armed in this gun-friendly state with loose regulations.”