PEORIA, Ariz. (AP/KSAZ) -- The mother of a rookie Arizona state trooper killed just weeks out of the academy says her son had his dream job in that brief time.
Deborah Edenhofer told hundreds of mourners in a Peoria church Friday that her 24-year-old son Tyler loved putting on his uniform every day.
"He was so so proud to put that uniform on everyday. July 25th he was taken away from me," said Deborah.
Tyler Edenhofer was fatally shot July 25 during a roadside confrontation with a suspect. He and other troopers were responding to reports of a person throwing objects at vehicles on Interstate 10. Authorities say the suspect, 20-year-old Isaac King, took another trooper's gun and fired two shots. One hit Edenhofer. Another wounded a second trooper.
"My son is my hero, my warrior, my sheep dog. Trooper," said Deborah.
"At graduation, when Governor Ducey and I stood with him on stage and handed him his badge and snapped a quick picture he stood tall, shoulders back," DPS Director Col. Frank Milstead recounted. "It was the proudest moment of his young blossoming life."