(ABC) – An Arizona man who killed an assailant who shot a state trooper spoke out today for the first time since the incident earlier this month.
“I never would have dreamt that I was gonna save somebody’s life, let alone take the life of another individual,” Thomas Yoxall, 43, said today at a news conference.
Authorities in the state have credited Yoxall with saving the life of Arizona State Trooper Edward Andersson.
Andersson had been setting up flares around a car accident scene on Jan. 12, when a man, later identified by authorities as Leonard Pennelas-Escobar, allegedly shot the trooper in the chest and began beating the trooper’s head to the ground, The Associated Press reported last week.
Yoxall appeared emotional today as he recounted finding Andersson being beaten, he said.
“My commands were ignored by the suspect as Trooper Andersson called out for help, and I alleviated the threat to him,” Yoxall told reporters of his using his handgun to shoot the alleged assailant.
Yoxall said that it was “difficult to reconcile” saving somebody’s life but also having to take somebody else’s in the process. However, when asked by a reporter if he would have done it again, Yoxall responded, “Yes.”