The director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety identifies the fallen soldier as Tyler Edenhofer, who graduated from the Academy on May 4.
GOODYEAR, ARIZON – An Arizona State Trooper was killed late Wednesday after a man (19659007) Tyler Edenhofer, 25, had worked less than three months at work and graduated from the Police Academy on May 4, said Colonel Frank Milstead, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Edenhofer was also a Navy veteran.
"During the fight, one of the soldiers lost his firearm to the subject, and the subject fired at least two rounds from the compulsory weapon," Milstead said. A second soldier, Dalin Dorris, was hit near the shoulder but will survive; the bullet went through his body.
On Wednesday, a Michal Michalski, 52, a member of the Milwaukee Police Department's Special Investigation Division, was killed in a shootout with a suspect wanted for drug and firearm offenses.
The two deaths mark 89 officers who have been killed so far this year, a figure that has not been seen since 2011, when 119 law enforcement officers were killed on July 25, reports Officer Down Memorial Page, a nonprofit organization, which keeps track of the killings
► July 25: Milwaukee police officer killed in shootout; Suspect held
► July 21: Motorcycle officer Dallas killed in funeral escort
► July 20: Man of the shooting officer found killed after three-day search
Gunfire has killed nearly two of five of the officers who have died so far this year.
In Milwaukee, the officers hugged each other in tears as they attended a procession that escorted Michalski's body from Froedtert Hospital, where he died, to Milwaukee County Medical's Examiner's Office, where the investigation of his death continues.
"Words can not describe the grief and anger I feel at this moment," said Milwaukee Mayor Barrett. "This officer had been in the department for a long time – very respected, well liked and did what he was hired to do – to protect us."
Michalski was a 20-year-old veteran of the troupe, whose survivors include his wife, children and grandchildren
"He was a very calm, modest man who did his job and did it very well," said Milwaukee Alderman Mark Borkowski. "He was a pillar of our community, leaving a huge gap."
The suspect, Jonathan C. Copeland Jr., 30, of Milwaukee, was arrested after a preliminary indictment for intentional first degree killing for arresting protocols. Copeland was not wounded.
► July 15: 1 police officer killed in Weymouth, Massachusetts, 3 injured in Kansas City, Mo.
► June 15: Authorities: 1 deputy killed, 1 Critical after Being Overpowered by Inmates
In Arizona, after dispatchers received their calls around 10:20 pm, MST died Wednesday in MST about a person "in and out of the lane" on Interstate 10 heading east In this suburb of Phoenix near Avondale Boulevard, throw items at vehicles, Milstead said.
Citizens were able to remove the man from the roadway, Milstead said.
One soldier came, and then two others. Two police officers from Goodyear also came to the rescue, he said.
► May 30: Woman charged with killing deputy, further manhunt in Tennessee
► May 26 Officeman shot dead in Texas
When they tried to detain the man, the man fought with the soldiers, and the fight lasted several minutes, during which the two officers were shot, Milstead said
"He was a great man, my pride and joy!" said the soldier's mother, Debbie Edenhofer from Glendale. "He was my whole life."
Milstead did not release the suspect's name, nor did he indict. The suspect is being treated in a Phoenix hospital
"Life is destroyed and ruined," Milstead said. "We are in shock this morning."
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