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Peoria motorcycle officer dies after single-vehicle crash

PHOENIX — A West Valley police officer died after being involved in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash Wednesday, authorities said.

The Peoria Police Department said that 21-year veteran of the force, Jason Judd, died around 11:30 a.m.

“Today is a tough day for Peoria PD,” Peoria Police Chief Arthur Miller said during a press conference. “Today we lost one of our veteran officers.”

The accident occurred at Liberty High School in Peoria near Deer Valley Road and 91st Avenue, Miller said.

Judd was performing a demonstration for a group of students prior to the incident occurring, Peoria Police Officer Brandon Sheffert said.

Students were not present when the incident happened, Sheffert said.

Details about the cause of the crash were still unknown, according to Sheffert.

Judd was taken to HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center in Phoenix, according to the Phoenix Fire Department.

Sheffert said the Glendale Police Department would handle the investigation.

Gov. Doug Ducey ordered flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Thursday to honor Judd.

“Arizona mourns the tragic loss of Peoria Police Officer Jason Judd,” Ducey said in a press release. “A 21-year veteran of the Peoria Police Department, Officer Judd put his life on the line every day to keep Arizonans safe. Our prayers are with his family, loved ones and fellow officers.”

No other details were immediately available.

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