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Video: Driver mows down 3 Phoenix Police officers

September 14, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Video: Driver mows down 3 Phoenix Police officers

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Authorities say a man purposely drove into three Phoenix Police officers.

During an afternoon press conference, Phoenix Police Chief Joseph Yahner said around 2 a.m., a suspect identified as 44-year-old Marc LaQuon Payne, mowed down the three officers before smashing into a patrol vehicle patrol car in front of a QuikTrip store, in an incident, he denounced as a “violent and intentional act.

Shocking store surveillance video footage of the incident released by Phoenix Police shows a vehicle first pulling out of a parking space, driving around the parking lot before accelerating toward the three police officers.

Yahner said a 33-year-old rookie on his first day on the job sustained a head wound after the impact had him thrown several feet into the air, landing on the front windshield of the suspect’s vehicle. Another 41-year-old officer suffered a broken leg.

According to Fox10 Arizona, a 36-year-old officer sustained minor injuries during an ensuing scuffle, but still managed to arrest Payne.

All three officers are expected to make a recovery.

“We are confident that this is an intentional act, our officers were targeted,” Yahner said on Tuesday, before adding “I’m outraged by this incident. This stuff needs to stop.”

“He runs over us, and he still fights us,” Yahner said of the suspect.

Officials said investigators believe Payne, who remains in serious condition at a local hospital, was driving under the influence.

Aftermath: One officer can be seen on the ground another behind a police SUV

Aftermath: One officer can be seen on the ground another behind a police SUV

Suspect is finally cuffed after a brief scuffle with officers

Suspect is finally cuffed after a brief scuffle with officers

Upon his release from the hospital, Payne will likely face a litany of charges including three counts of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault.

The attack comes in the wake of a string of attacks on police in recent months including in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton stated he spoke with two of the injured officers and “thanked them for their valor and wished them a speedy recovery.”

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