Stretches of Interstate 10 enters Arizona in the southeastern corner of the state, runs to Tucson, up to Mesa and Phoenix and then heads on westward to Los Angeles, California. The section of the highway leaving the Phoenix metropolitan area is an open, fairly barren Sonoran Desert. That type of open desert terrain makes it easy to lull a motorist to sleep from the monotony of the scenery.
About 50 miles west of Phoenix is the small community of Tonopah, which is known for some irrigated farming and being near the Palo Verde Nuclear Power Plant. Before the construction of the power plant, irrigated farming was the mainstay of the community. I made a number of trips to the Tonopah area to help reduce the coyote and badger populations. The coyotes were shot and the badgers were trapped and usually relocated to other areas. Due to the number of illegal aliens, drug traffickers and drunk drivers on the interstate, I often traveled with a loaded gun next me and it appears I’m not the only one.
Sometime prior to 4am Thursday morning, Department of Public Safety Officer Edward Anderson responded to a call for a traffic accident. He arrived upon the scene on Interstate 10 near Tonopah to find a car rolled over off the road. Anderson began blocking off 2 lanes of traffic. As he was setting the flares on the roadway, a man ambushed the officer and shot him in the right shoulder and chest. Then the man launched a physical attack of the officer, taking him down to the pavement. As other motorists pulled up on the scene, they saw the man on top of the wounded officer, banging his head on the pavement.
Fortunately for Officer Anderson, one of those motorists had a gun in his car. He fetched his car and shot the man assaulting the officer. Another good citizen, Brian Schober, who works in the medical field, stopped and rendered aid to Officer Anderson and then asked Anderson where his police radio was. The armed motorist then used Anderson’s radio to call for help and notify the DPS that Anderson had been shot and needed medical care. He told them to send a helicopter.
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Schober said that the other motorist with gun, stood over the wounded assailant, making sure he didn’t hurt anyone else. Referring to the assailant, Schober stated:
“If he would have tried to stand up, he would have been shot again.”
DPS Col. Frank Milstead said that the action of both civilians definitely saved the life of Officer Anderson, who is a 27-year veteran of the Department of Public Safety. Speaking of the armed motorist who shot the assailant and called for help, Milstead stated:
“Thank you, because I don’t know if my trooper would be alive today without his assistance.”
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued the following statement:
“I urge Arizonans to join me in praying for a quick recovery for this brave officer and thanking everyone who, through their actions in real time, showed our officers exactly what Arizona means when we say: ‘You have our backs, and we will always have yours.’”
It’s refreshing to hear about citizens coming to the aid of a wounded law enforcement officer in today’s anti-cop culture created by Barack Obama and black activists.
If gun control advocates like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Michael Bloomberg had their way, the one motorist would not have been allowed to travel with a loaded gun in his car. He would not have been in a position to shoot the assailant and help save DPS Officer Anderson’s life. Had they tried to stop the man from further assailing Anderson, they may have ended up shot themselves. It was only because that motorist was armed and ready to step up and take action to save the officer’s life. I wonder what any of them would say to Anderson’s family had the officer been killed because no one else had a gun with which to stop the assailant?