PHOENIX – An Arizona man who helped a wounded state trooper said Friday he was scared and confused when he saw the three bodies and pulled over on a highway.
The authorities say that another motorist had just shot and killed a man who wounded Soldier Edward Andersson early Thursday on Interstate 10 west in Phoenix.
Brian Schober, a 44-year-old systems engineer, told The Associated Press that he saw the soldier the vehicle is parked in a lane marked with torches, when he came for the first time on the night-time scene.
He said he didn’t think twice about stopping when the motorist who had shot the attacker flagged him down.
“It looks wrong with a civilian mark down a car if there is an official there — there is something wrong,” Schober said, pointing to his reaction. “But what can I do? There is no time to think.”
The former volunteer emergency medical technician said both wounded men were on the sidewalk, along with a woman who authorities say was fatally injured after being ejected from the attacker’s vehicle rolled earlier.
Schober said he has used the Andersson the radio to call for help and began with the use of the first-aid kit from Andersson vehicle to start with the cleansing of the blood of the trooper’s head.
Emergency services soon arrived and determined that Andersson was a shot in the chest and shoulder.
The Department of Public Safety officials said the attacker was on top of Andersson and pounded the trooper head on the pavement in front of the other driver shot the attacker.
Schober had nothing but praise for the motorist who shot the attacker, who gave him “good Sam” — short for the good Samaritan.
“The officer would have been dead had the good Sam has not arrived and is not discharged,” Schober said.
Arizona has a “defense of third person” law that allows someone to use deadly force against another, threatening or injuring a third person. It was not unusual for a driver to have a firearm in the gun-friendly state with loose regulations.
Andersson was good to do after the surgery, Ministry of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said Friday on Twitter.
DPS officials said Andersson was ambushed, while the flares after that about the roll-over scene to check on a report of shots being fired on another vehicle.
The authorities were still interviews to piece together what happened.
“The two people who know “why” is death,” said Captain Damon Cecil, a DPS spokesman, referring to the attacker and the woman in his vehicle.
There is no video of the attack, because neither Andersson nor his vehicle had a camera, Cecil said.
The Identity of the dead woman and the attacker were not released pending notification of family members. The identity of the motorist who shot the attacker has been withheld at his request, authorities said.
AP reporter Astrid Galvan contributed to this report.