Officials are still trying to determine why the man attacked Andersson.
It all started when Andersson saw a rollover wreck and stopped at around 4 a.m. That wreck resulted in a woman being ejected and dying. He had just put out flares when the suspect shot him and began beating him, The Republic reported.
Before the driver stopped to help, the suspect was “getting the better of” Andersson and slamming his head into the pavement, AP said.
Andersson is a 27-year veteran of the DPS.
“He’s incredibly fortunate to be here with us today,” Milstead said of Andersson.
Andersson has been released from the hospital.
“Thanks for the thoughts and prayers this morning for our Trooper that was shot,” Milstead tweeted, “looks like he will be okay after some recovery.”
The interstate had to be closed for 10 hours and traffic diverted while DPS investigated the shooting, The Republic reported.
Pennelas-Escobar was a former member of the Mexican federal police and was in the U.S. illegally, Milstead said. Pennelas-Escobar also used illegal drugs, he said.
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