PHOENIX, Arizona- Outgoing Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner says three of his officer were targeted during a violent attack Tuesday morning. Security tape footage of that incident has now gone viral on social media with several million views of separate news releases.
“This morning, outside the QT at 2500 W. Camelback, three of our officers were the victims of a violent, intentional attack,” Yahner said.
The officers had just completed a call for service and were standing in the parking lot in front of the store debriefing the incident when the suspect drove his vehicle directly at them attempting to run them over, his statement read.
“The suspect vehicle struck two of the officers, collided into a police vehicle and crashed into the QT causing extensive damage. The suspect then struggled violently with the officers for several minutes before being taken into custody. The two officers struck by the vehicle sustained serious but not life threatening injuries. The third officer was able to jump out of the way but sustained some injuries during the extended struggle with the suspect.”
44-year-old Marc Payne has been detained and charged. He had been previously arrested for attacking a police officer, a conviction that resulted in two years probation.
“As a Department, we are very fortunate these officers were not killed or more seriously injured. We are living in uncertain times, and this is yet another reminder of how important it is to stay vigilant, and to watch out for one another. The actions taken by our officers in the immediate moments following this incident were nothing short of heroic. I am so proud of them and all the men and women of the Phoenix Police Department,” the chief concluded.
One of the injured, a 33-year-old officer was on his first day of training and suffered a head injury. A 41 year-old officer suffered a broken leg in the attack.