With the ever-rising tensions these days between police officers and the general public, here’s another story to show the danger officers face. Three Phoenix officers were leaving a local store after picking up coffee when a deranged driver hit the gas and attempted to run the officers down. The near-death incident was captured on video at 2 am in a parking lot of a QuickTrip store.
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Marc LaQuon Payne, 44, was the driver who drove his a red sedan straight into the path of the officers. This isn’t the first time Payne targeted cops. During a 1997 traffic stop in Phoenix, he assaulted three police officers. When officers tried to take him into custody, he fought — elbowing and kicking them. He later cut a deal and only received probation for the crime.
All three officers were injured during the attack. The names of the officers have yet to be released, but one of the officers who received the brunt of the car’s force and was somersaulting into the air was a rookie, his first day on the job. A second officer was able to narrowly dodge the speeding car while the third officer was clipped by the side of the vehicle.
The store clerk called authorities who were able to detain Payne, but he didn’t go down without a fight.[Payne] “struggled violently with the officers for several minutes before being taken into custody,” according to Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner.
The officers were taken to a local hospital, where they were treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
“The actions taken by our officers in the immediate moments following this incident were nothing short of heroic. 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,” Yarner stated after speaking to the officers.
Payne appeared in court on Wednesday. He faces charges ranging from three counts of attempted first-degree murder to five counts of aggravated assault. During Payne’s court appearance, authorities described his actions as a “violent, intentional attack.” He is due in court again next Tuesday. Hopefully, they make a example out of him. These acts of sickening, senseless violence towards officers must be stopped.