Arizona

Man who saved trooper: It's hard to think about that day

  • Thomas Yoxall, the man who fatally shot a suspect beating an Arizona state trooper, pauses as he is overcome with emotion as he explains his recounting how he killed Leonard Pennelas-Escobar who was beating Trooper Edward Andersson "in a savage way" during a news conference at the Department of Public Safety Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Thomas Yoxall, the man who fatally shot a suspect beating an Arizona state trooper, pauses as he is overcome with emotion as he explains his recounting how he killed Leonard Pennelas-Escobar who was beating Trooper Edward Andersson "in a savage way" during a news conference at the Department of Public Safety Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Thomas Yoxall, the man who fatally shot a suspect beating an Arizona state trooper, explains how he killed Leonard Pennelas-Escobar who was beating Trooper Edward Andersson "in a savage way", during a news conference at the Department of Public Safety, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Thomas Yoxall, the man who fatally shot a suspect beating an Arizona state trooper, explains how he killed Leonard Pennelas-Escobar who was beating Trooper Edward Andersson "in a savage way", during a news conference at the Department of Public Safety, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Thomas Yoxall, left, the man who fatally shot a suspect beating an Arizona state trooper, explains the events of how he killed Leonard Pennelas-Escobar who was beating Trooper Edward Andersson "in a savage way", as Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead, right, looks on during a news conference at DPS headquarters, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Thomas Yoxall, left, the man who fatally shot a suspect beating an Arizona state trooper, explains the events of how he killed Leonard Pennelas-Escobar who was beating Trooper Edward Andersson "in a savage way", as Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead, right, looks on during a news conference at DPS headquarters, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  (The Associated Press)

The man who fatally shot a suspect beating an Arizona state trooper said Tuesday that he doesn't consider himself a hero and that he's grappling with taking someone's life.

Thomas Yoxall of Arizona gave his account of the dramatic Jan. 12 encounter between the now-dead suspect and the state trooper who had been shot. He had not been previously identified.

The 43-year-old cried and shook while recounting how he killed Leonard Pennelas-Escobar who was beating Trooper Edward Andersson "in a savage way."

Department of Public Safety officials say Andersson was ambushed while putting out flares after coming across a roll-over crash on Interstate 10 outside of Phoenix and checking on a report of shots being fired at another vehicle.

Andersson is recovering.