Arizona Trooper Murder Suspect Makes First Court Appearance

Isaac Damon King, the man who is accused of murdering Arizona State Trooper Tyler Edenhofer, made his first appearance before a judge on Sunday from his hospital room.

King, age 20, regained consciousness on Friday after being placed in a coma.

King has been charged with one count of First Degree Murder, two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, two counts of Aggravated Assault (13-1204A2), two counts Aggravated Assault (13-1204A9a), three counts of Endangerment, and Resisting Arrest.

King, who has a history of mental illness, fatally shot Trooper Edenhofer while fighting officers along Interstate 10 in Avondale, on Wednesday, July 25, at 10:17 p.m. The Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Dispatch center had received 911 reports of a male suspect throwing rocks at vehicles traveling eastbound along I-10 near Avondale Blvd.

As previously reported, Trooper Dalin Dorris responded to the scene and made contact with King. Troopers Sean Rodecap and Tyler Edenhofer arrived shortly after. The three troopers attempted to take King into custody. A fight ensued and continued for several minutes. Two Goodyear Police Officers arrived on scene and helped take King into custody.

Sometime during the fight, King gained control of one of the trooper’ s firearm and fired at least two shots at two troopers. One shot struck Trooper Dalin Dorris in the shoulder. Another shot struck Trooper Tyler Edenhofer, mortally wounding him. Trooper Sean Rodecap sustained injuries during the fight with the suspect.

Trooper’s Dorris and Rodecap were transported to a valley hospital where they were treated and released.

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