Armed Citizen Took Action After A State Trooper Was Ambushed
While a state trooper tried to help a woman who had rolled her car over on the highway he found himself ambushed by a crazed man.
As the state trooper worked to block off some lanes of the highway in order to better help the woman he was attacked by a man ambush-style and was shot in the chest.
That’s when Thomas Yoxall, a citizen who was passing by saw the wounded officer and the confrontation and immediately took action.
According to ABC,
An Arizona trooper trying to help a motorist in a rollover crash was shot in an ambush-style attack by a random suspect, who was then fatally shot by a Good Samaritan driving by.
The trooper with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) was at a traffic stop when he received a report about a driver whose car was shot at near a median at milepost 81 on Interstate 10, reported ABC15, an ABC affiliate in Arizona.
The trooper left the traffic stop to investigate this call when he came across a rollover crash and saw that a woman had been ejected from the wreckage.
When the trooper began working to block lanes, a suspect came from an unknown direction and “ambushed” him, according to DPS.
The suspect shot him at least once in the chest-shoulder area and fought the trooper to the ground.
The man who shot and killed an assault suspect on a dark highway in Arizona, rescuing a state trooper, said on Wednesday that he doesn’t think of himself as a hero.
The Good Samaritan had requested media anonymity since the early-morning January 12 incident on Interstate 10.
Today, he made his first appearance since the incident at a news conference at the headquarters of the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
He identified himself as Thomas Yoxall, 43, a maintenance supervisor with a passion for photography and reading.
And he mentioned that he has a “past.” (Concealed Nation)
Yoxall said, “That morning, I never would have dreamt that I was going to save somebody’s life, let alone take the life of another individual,” Yoxall said. “I don’t recall any thought or feeling of fear. It happened very quickly. There wasn’t necessarily time for me to react, or think logically. I don’t consider myself a hero that day.”