Tyler Endenhofer has been identified as the rookie Arizona state trooper who was shot and killed in a firefight along Interstate 10 near Phoenix. Endenhofer graduated from the Department of Public Safety Academy in May 2018. A second trooper was wounded in a fight with the suspect.
Col. Frank Milstead told reporters with Arizona Central that Endenhofer was killed late Wednesday night on July 25. Department spokesman Raul Garcia confirmed the wounded trooper was treated at a hospital for a shoulder wound and was released. In addition, Garcia told reporters that third trooper was also injured but not from a gunshot.
While the suspect is in police custody, he has not yet been identified.
“During the struggle, one of the troopers lost his firearm to the subject, and the subject fired at least two rounds from the duty weapon,” Col. Frank Milstead said. Edenhofer was fatally struck by one bullet, while the other hit Trooper Dalan Dorris in the shoulder. The bullet passed through his body and he was able to survive, according to the AZ Central.
Police officers lined up outside of the hospital to pay tribute to Edenhofer, who was just 24 years old.
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The police department has yet to release any information on the shooter.
“The DPS family is in mourning. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” Milstead said. “Lives have been shattered and ruined. We’re all in a little bit of a state of shock this morning.”
Our deepest condolences are with Edenhofer, his family, and the DPS troopers who were impacted by this tragedy.