Community looks to help Arizona DPS trooper shot in the line of duty
Aug 9, 2023, 4:00 PM
(ABC15 Arizona Photo)
MESA — A DPS trooper shot in the line of duty joined a fundraiser of supporters looking to help him recover.
Nearly everyone who knows Trooper Sean Harkins is grateful to lay eyes on him, these days.
During a traffic stop on June 19, Trooper Harkins’s body camera caught the moment troopers are trained for but hope they never have to face.
Harkins was shot in the leg by a suspect who drove off. Which led to a rolling shootout with police before the suspect crashed into a wall.
The suspect would later be found dead with a gunshot wound.
Body camera showed Harkins reaching for a tourniquet to stop the bleeding, while still being able to give a description of the suspect to another responding officer.
”I think I told my daughter that day, it was the worst dead leg ever,” he said when asked what it was like getting shot.