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Good Samaritan In Arizona Kills Cop Attacker Saves Officer

At the scene of a rollover accident, a state trooper was setting up flares on the highway when he was ambushed and shot.  The trooper was locked in a losing life and death struggle with the gunman when a driver on his way to California stopped when he saw the struggle.  The attacker was bashing the trooper’s head into the pavement when the Samaritan came on the scene.  He pulled up his gun and shot the attacker, then used the trooper’s radio to call for help.  The attacker was killed.

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A man traveling to California came to the rescue of a wounded state trooper who was struggling with the gunman who had shot him on an isolated stretch of Interstate 10, authorities said.

The man, who was with his wife, stopped his car when he came upon a rollover accident and saw the struggle, according to Col. Frank Milstead, Arizona Department of Public Safety director…

…The trooper was settling down flares in the pitch dark when a gunman “ambushed” the trooper at the scene, shooting him. The wound affected the trooper’s gun hand, but the trooper continued to physically fight the man, Cecil said.

Milstead said the civilian saw a man on top of the trooper, pounding his head in the pavement, and asked if the trooper needed help.

The civilian, who also was not identified, shot the man and then used the trooper’s radio to call for help, Milstead said. …

…The man who shot the trooper was dead…

Milstead said the trooper, a 27-year veteran, was in stable condition after being shot in the right shoulder and chest. His wife and other troopers were with him at the hospital where he was scheduled to undergo surgery. The trooper’s name was not immediately released.

He was going to be “OK after some recovery,” Milstead tweeted earlier Thursday.

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