AVONDALE, AZ – An Arizona Department of Public Safety was killed Wednesday evening in a shootout in the West Valley.
Colonel Frank Milstead announced the news at a press conference early Thursday morning at the Abrazo West campus hospital in Goodyear.
Milstead said around 10 o'clock. The dispatchers on Wednesday received several calls from a vehicle that was unpredictable on Interstate 10 east, near Avondale Boulevard.
It has been reported that other vehicles have thrown objects out of the vehicle.
Milstead said the citizens could remove the suspect from the street.
When DPS soldiers arrived at the scene, they fought with the suspect for several minutes.
During the fight, Milstead said the suspect took control of a soldier's weapon and fired at least two shots from the weapon. 1
Another shot hit a second soldier and killed him.
DPS said a third soldier was injured during a fight with the suspect.
"I am incredibly proud of the men and women who show up every day to do this job, they are brave enough to face the unknown," Col. Milstead said Thursday morning.
Milstead spoke about the murdered soldier identified as trooper Tyler Edenhofer and said he graduated from the DPS Academy in May and was an officer in training.
The second soldier who was shot in the shoulder was identified as a soldier Dalin Dorris. The soldier injured in the altercation with the suspect is Trooper Sean Rodecap.
"The DPS family is grieving … and (we) are in a small state of shock this morning," Milstead said.
DPS officials say that Interstate 10 will remain closed to the east between Litchfield Road and Avondale Boulevard through the morning commutes.
BREAKING: A @Arizona_DPS soldier in training has been killed; Another injured while shooting with a suspect near I-10 & Dysart. That's close to where it happened. @ JamieABC15 lives in the hospital where both officers were captured. # abc15 #teamcoverage pic.twitter.com/IlHi0UR5KU
– Megan Thompson (@MeganABC15) July 26, 2018
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* UPDATE * I-10 EB is still closed for police activities on Litchfield Road. Expect a long delay. https://t.co/AhpuQ2uXhB
– Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) July 26, 2018
This incident marks the 55th shootings with prosecution in the valley in 2018.