Police: 1 trooper killed, 1 wounded in struggle with suspect who grabbed trooper’s gun

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A trooper-involved shooting left one trooper dead and one hospitalized in Avondale late Wednesday night. 

According to Col. Frank Milstead, director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, just before 10:30 p.m., troopers received a call about a suspect traveling in the eastbound lanes of I-10 near Avondale Boulevard,  driving erratically and throwing things at cars. 

Milstead said some citizens were able to pull over to the right hand side to get the suspect out of the roadway. 

A trooper then arrived on scene and made contact with the suspect. Milstead said two more troopers arrived on scene, one of whom was finishing his field training. 

A fight between troopers and the suspect ensued, lasting several minutes. During the struggle, one of the troopers lost his service weapon to the suspect and the suspect fired two rounds from the weapon, Milstead said. 

One of the troopers, Dalin Dorris, was shot in the shoulder and was taken to a local hospital. Milstead said Dorris is in “good spirits.”

A second trooper, Tyler Edenhofer, was also struck and was killed. Edenhofer had just graduated from the DPS academy on May 4 and was an officer-in-training.

“The DPS family is in mourning. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Lives have been shattered and ruined and we’re all in a little bit of a state of shock this morning,” Milstead said.

Goodyear PD assisted DPS in taking the suspect into custody, according to Milstead.

No details were released on any injuries to the suspect. 

Image courtesy of CBS 5

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