The suspect in an officer-involved shooting that left a young Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper dead has been released from a Valley hospital.
Isaac D. King, 20, was taken to jail in Phoenix just before noon Wednesday after being in the hospital for several days. He was treated for injuries sustained during a struggle and officer-involved shooting along Interstate 10 in Avondale last week.
According to DPS, the handcuffs used on King Wednesday belonged to Trooper Tyler Edenhofer, who was shot and killed by King on July 25.
DPS released the following statement to ABC15 on Wednesday afternoon: "When law enforcement places handcuffs on a suspect, it instills an immediate sense of justice and satisfaction that an investigation is closer to being resolved. In this case, for the AZDPS family, it begins a course in the healing process.
This afternoon, AZDPS detectives and troopers placed Trooper Tyler Edenhofer’s handcuffs on suspect Isaac D. King before transporting him from a valley hospital to the county jail. Using Tyler’s handcuffs signifies the completion of the call for service that ultimately took his life. It also means we have taken over Trooper Edenhofer’s watch and completed the apprehension of his assailant."
King is facing multiple charges including first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts aggravated assault, three counts endangerment, and resisting arrest.
At a press conference, DPS officials said King had been taking medication for anxiety and depression, and did not have a criminal background.
Edenhofer was one of three officers who responded to the scene on Interstate 10 Wednesday night after reports that a man had been throwing rocks at passing vehicles. Two other troopers were also hurt in the fight with the suspect.
A public visitation and funeral for Edenhofer are set to take place on Thursday and Friday. Hundreds attended a vigil for Edenhofer earlier this week.