Colonel Frank Milstead, director of the Department of Public Safety in Arizona, sadly reports the death of Trooper Tyler Edenhofer.
Trooper Edenhofer, 24, was shot and killed while he and two other troopers were attempting to arrest a suspect in an incident where the suspect was throwing rocks at vehicles on the freeway.
The troopers located the suspect, contained him and attempted to arrest him. The man resisted arrest and actively fought the troopers. During the altercation, the suspect was able to disarm Edenhofer’s field training officer and fired the weapon striking two of the troopers.
Moments after the initial call of shots fired, officers from Goodyear and Avondale Police Departments arrived and assisted in subduing the suspect and taking him into custody.
The troopers were transported to Abrazo West Campus Hospital where Trooper Edenhofer was pronounced dead.
— Phoenix Police (@phoenixpolice) July 26, 2018
Trooper Dorris, who was shot was listed in stable condition. Trooper Rodecap who was Trooper Edenhofer’s FTO, was also injured in the altercation. He was treated and released from the hospital.
One bullet hit Dorris in the trapezius, near the shoulder. It was a through-and-through wound, meaning the bullet passed through the body, leaving entry and exit wounds, Milstead said. He added that Dorris was in “good spirits considering the circumstances.”
Dorris, along with another trooper who was injured in the fight, were treated and released from the hospital Thursday morning.
Edenhofer was also shot in the shoulder, but the bullet “ricocheted” within his body, causing fatal wounds, Milstead said.
“Today is evidence of the violent nature of policing in our nation,” Milstead told reporters Thursday afternoon. “It’s also evidence that just because somebody is unarmed doesn’t mean they won’t become armed and harm somebody.”
Joe Seabert, a friend of Trooper Edenhofer’s, shared the following statement with ABC15.
“Tyler is a special person and trooper that will be missed dearly. He had a way of just making you feel better. Everything he did, he had to do the best he could! Tyler loved life and enjoyed every day. Most respectful man I met and proud to serve his country and proud trooper.”
Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags be lowered to half-staff at all state office buildings until sunset Friday.
“This morning I ask Arizonans to join me in prayer and reflection; in gratitude for Trooper Edenhofer’s service to our state, for the strength and health of Trooper Dorris, for both of their grieving families and for all of our brave law enforcement officers who are mourning the loss of one of their own,” Ducey said in a statement. “Arizona stands in support with you all.”
Edenhofer had recently graduated from the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Recruit School and was in the final day of his FTO program when he was killed. He served the DPS for just under a year. He was also a U. S. Navy veteran. He is survived by his mother and fiancé’.
“He was a great man, my pride and joy!” the trooper’s mother, Debbie Edenhofer, told The Arizona Republic. “My whole life was him.”
Trooper Tyler Edenhofer's mother, Debbie, sent me this photo just now. "He was a great man, my pride and joy! My whole life was him," she said. Latest: https://t.co/hLkLJMxPWh via @azcentral pic.twitter.com/vJmtEFWBiz
— Jason Pohl (@pohl_jason) July 26, 2018
Trooper Tyler Edenhofer is gone, but will never be forgotten.
EOW: Wednesday, July 25, 2018.