DPS trooper, suspect shot; I-10 WB shut down west of Tonopah

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DPS spokesman Bart Graves said a trooper was taking a suspect to jail to be booked when the crash happened. When the trooper began working to block lanes, a suspect came from an unknown direction and "ambushed" him, according to DPS.

Using the trooper's radio, someone called for backup and emergency services.

The trooper immediately stopped when he saw that a woman had been ejected from the vehicle.

DPS said the trooper was hospitalized, but DPS director Col. However, the suspect ignored the Good Samaritan's orders to stop attacking the trooper.

"I don't know that my trooper would be alive today without his assistance", Milstead said of the civilian.

The trooper will undergo surgery to fix a severe wound to his right shoulder, but it "looks like he will be okay after some recovery", Milstead tweeted.

The officer was putting out flares when the suspect opened fire and then physically attacked the wounded trooper, Milstead said.

The woman ejected in the roll-over crash died of her injuries.

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Milstead said he had not yet had a chance to speak to the man, who was traveling with his wife to California at the time.

A bystander saw the interaction and exited his vehicle to help.

Authorities are investigating the shooting that took place on Interstate 10 near Tonopah, Nevada Thursday morning, reported CNN.

A passerby saw the fight unfolding and stopped to render aid to the trooper, who asked for help. The agency arranged a local-road detour.

It is not known whether the initial shooting call is connected to the incident.

The extent of the trooper's injuries weren't immediately released Wednesday night.

No word on when the interstate will reopen.

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