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Flags at half-staff for DPS trooper shot to death during freeway struggle

A Phoenix-area state trooper who was shot and killed during a struggle on a West Valley interstate is being honored with flags across the state flown at half-staff through Friday evening.

Tyler Edenhofer, a Navy veteran who had just graduated from the Arizona Department of Public Safety academy in May, was shot late Wednesday during a fight with a man who was being arrested after throwing rocks at cars on Interstate 10, authorities said. Edenhofer was the second Arizona police officer to be killed on duty this year.

Gov. Doug Ducey ordered that flags be flown at half-staff beginning immediately and through sundown on Friday.

Another trooper was also shot by the man, who grabbed a pistol from one of the three DPS officers and two Goodyear police officers who were trying to arrest him. That trooper, who was shot through the shoulder, was treated at a local hospital and released, authorities said. The other trooper was also injured and received medical treatment. The suspect was being treated at a Phoenix-area hospital; his identity and details about his injuries have not been released.

"Arizona today mourns the loss of one of our brave state troopers, Trooper Tyler Edenhofer, who was killed in the line of duty, and we pray for the health of Trooper Dalin Dorris who sustained critical injuries during the incident," Ducey said.

"This tragedy is an all too real and heartbreaking reminder of the harm our heroic law enforcement officers face each and everyday for the safety and well-being of Arizonans, and for peace in our communities," the governor said.

Col. Frank Milstead, director of the state police force, said that "the DPS family is in mourning. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Lives have been shattered and ruined. We're all in a little bit of a state of shock."

The last DPS trooper to be killed in the line of duty was Trooper Timothy Huffman, who was struck by a truck on I-8 near Yuma in 2013.

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In April, Nogales Police Officer Jesus Cordova was shot to death by a robbery suspect.

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