44 year-old Marc Laquon Payne was charged with attempted first-degree murder after intentionally running over three police officers outside a Quik Trip in Phoenix early Tuesday morning.
The officers were thrown in the air after Payne plowed into them outside the QT.
— CBS 5 News (@CBS5AZ) September 13, 2016
It was an intentional attack.
The three officers were hospitalized.
Local CBS5 reported:
Three Phoenix police officers are recovering after a car deliberately plowed into them at a QuikTrip near 25th Avenue and Camelback Road early Tuesday morning.
And now, we are seeing the video of what police are calling an “intentional” attack.
In a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Phoenix police chief Joe Yahner had strong words about the direct assault on his officers.
“They were victims of an unprovoked, violent, intentional attack,” he said. “These officers could have easily been killed, and I thank God we’re not planning three funerals right now.”
Investigators said the officers were standing in the parking lot around 2 a.m. when the male driver hit them, struck a police car and crashed through the front of the store.
Two officers were transported to a hospital with serious injuries but are expected to be OK. The third officer was able to jump out of the way but sustained some injuries during a struggle with the driver during the arrest.
A sergeant with 18 years experience suffered a broken leg. An officer with 8 years of experience suffered a minor injury. ANd an officer with just one day of training suffered a head injury.
“We are confident this was an intentional act,” said Yahner. “It’s not acceptable.”
The driver of the car was also taken to a hospital. He has been identified as Marc Laquon Payne.
Chief Yahner says Payne, 44, will face three charges of attempted first-degree murder, and two counts of aggravated assault.
Yahner also released a QT security video that actually shows the suspect car slamming into the officers in front of the store.