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Suspect in run down of Phoenix police officers charged with attempted murder

(Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
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PHOENIX — The man Phoenix police accuse of deliberately driving into three officers standing in a parking lot has been charged with attempted murder in the first degree.

Marc L. Payne appeared before a judge late Tuesday night, nearly 24 hours after a man driving a red car tried to run over police. Payne, 44, is facing three counts of attempted murder and five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

He was held without bail. The judge told Payne she considered him to be a “substantial danger to the community.”

Two officers were injured when the car smashed into a patrol SUV parked outside a convenience store near Interstate 17 and Camelback Road.

A third officer managed to get out of the way but was hurt while making the arrest.

The car crashed through the building but no one inside was hurt.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said the video of the crime shows Payne is a threat to the community.

“When someone targets a police officer, it puts the entire community at risk,” he said.

Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner said, “This was a violent, cowardly act on our police officers.”

One officer suffered a broken leg, another suffered a head injury and the third was minimally injured. All three officers have been released from the hospital and are recovering well according to Phoenix police.

One of the officers is an 18-year veteran and another was on his first day of training. None of the officers have been identified by name.

 

A preliminary hearing for Payne was scheduled Sept. 23.

KTAR’s Jim Cross contributed to this report.

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