Man who aided DPS trooper says he didn't think twice

A Department of Public Safety trooper shot in an ambush attack is out of surgery and recovering in a hospital. We're also hearing new details about the people that stopped to help him during the attack on Interstate 10 west of Tonopah.

We spoke to a good Samaritan by the name of Brian Schober. He's not the person who shot the suspect who ambushed the trooper, but Schober also pulled over to help. He even used Trooper Andersson's radio to call in that help.

He didn't want to go on camera, but the retired medic told us Trooper Andersson was badly hurt and had several wounds on his head.

DPS Director Colonel Frank Milstead sent out a tweet Friday, stating "Yesterday's surgery went well for our trooper."

Andersson was shot in the shoulder and chest on Thursday after being ambushed on I-10 near mile marker 89.

"I'm sure his spirit and his drive for life will help speed his recovery and make it pleasant for the people around him as well. He's just that type of person. He's not going to want a lot of help or assistance or attention to himself," said Dr. Paul Tinghe, Saddle Mountain Unified School District's Superintendent.

Tinghe, along with all the students and staff, are breathing a sigh of relief that the 27-year-old trooper is okay.

Tinghe says Andersson has been the girls' volleyball coach for many years. He says he's like family.

"He's had great success with the volleyball team. He's been very involved. Very well known. Very respected in the community. His rapport with the kids is excellent."  

Tighe is hoping for a speedy recovery so Andersson can put the badge back on and get back on the court.

"We want Coach Andersson back and smiling and doing the great things he does with kids," he said. "I think this is a good example of how fortunate we are to have people who are willing to put their lives on the line everyday to protect us and how that often goes unrecognized, but it's a good reminder of the dangers law enforcement officials face everyday and it's right here in our district's back yard."  

DPS has not yet released the name of the woman who died in the rollover crash. They also haven't released the identity of the man who ambushed Andersson.



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