It began on the Interstate 10 right outside of Phoenix. A Car ran off the side of the interstate and the passenger was thrown out of the car. Leonard Penuelas-Escobar was driving and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Vanessa Monique Lopez-Ruiz was killed.
The driver was not killed upon impact of the car. He got out of the car and began shooting at oncoming cars. When the police arrived the man shot one of the officers in the shoulder. The blood spattered onto his face. That is when a good Samaritan saw this occurring. He got out of his car and shot the man dead.
“I’m going to guess that he was impaired. They were both known meth users,” Milstead (the police chief) said of Penuelas-Escobar and Lopez-Ruiz. “You can surmise that maybe there were hallucinations … you can surmise that he was frustrated that his girlfriend was mortally injured in this collision and people wouldn’t stop (to help them).”
“I can tell you this,” Milstead said, “if he didn’t save Trooper Andersson’s life, he definitely kept him from having much more severe neurological injuries from this beating that he was taking helplessly at the time.” The officer was being beaten to a pulp on the side of the road. This man deserves a medal. Will you pray for the recovery of the officer?