DPS: Suspect in hospital after exchanging gunfire with troopers on I-10

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The suspect, Sladjan Petkovic, was arrested in 2015 for assault. This is booking photo from that arrest. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and 3TV/CBS 5) The suspect, Sladjan Petkovic, was arrested in 2015 for assault. This is booking photo from that arrest. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office and 3TV/CBS 5)
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The victim in Monday night's shooting was Steven Arvallo (Source: ADOC) The victim in Monday night's shooting was Steven Arvallo (Source: ADOC)
SALOME, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A suspect is in the hospital after exchanging gunfire with authorities on Interstate 10 west of Tonopah, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

An attempt to locate was put out around 1 a.m. for a suspect who was involved in a shooting in Phoenix on Monday.

While on westbound I-10, a trooper came across a stopped tractor-trailer.

The driver of the tractor-trailer told the trooper he had been shot at and that he suffered shrapnel injuries.

[RAW VIDEO: DPS briefing on shooting that shut down Interstate 10]

The trooper left and drove to a rest stop near milepost 60 on westbound I-10 to attempt to locate the vehicle, a grey Jeep Cherokee.

As he arrived, he encountered the suspect, 36-year-old Sladjan Petkovic.

"The suspect was out of his vehicle when our trooper arrived at the rest area," said Capt. Tony Mapp, a spokesman with DPS. 

Petkovic then began opening fire on the trooper and the trooper returned fire, riddling the Petkovic's vehicle with bullet holes, DPS said. 

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Several agencies responded to assist with the shooting and luckily, were able to put an end to the situation before anyone else was hurt.

Truck driver Craig Moore was in the area when he witnessed the shooting.

"I was here (at the rest stop) sleeping, woke up by gunfire," he said.

Moore added the officers did a good job after he and others were safely removed from the area following the incident. 

"We're good," Moore said. 

Petkovic was detained and transported to a local hospital by a medical helicopter. DPS said they do not know if the Petkovic's injuries were self-inflicted or the result of one of the troopers.

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DPS could not comment on what kind of weapons or how many weapons the suspect had.

The Arizona Department of Transportation said westbound I-10 was closed at milepost 81 west of Tonopah. Westbound I-10 traffic for a time detoured north to U.S. 60 via Salome Road at milepost 81 and return to I-10 via Vicksburg Road at milepost 45. 

The westbound lanes were reopened before 10 a.m. 

DPS said eastbound I-10 was closed for a short time.

Petkovic was involved in an early shooting, in which he killed 45-year-old Steven Arvallo, a longtime employee of the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Police say after shooting Arvallo, Petkovic shot into Arvallo's home with a woman and juvenile inside.

Petkovic then attempted to force his way into the home but could not open the door. He then shot Arvallo several more times before fleeing in his grey Jeep Cherokee.

Capt. Mapp said because of the area, they have people assisting and talking with DPS troopers about the incidents.

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