Early Tuesday morning, three Phoenix police were standing in front of a QuikTrip in north Phoenix when a vehicle intentionally sped towards them and ran into them, sending them flying like bowling pins. One officer was able to jump out of the way before the car hit and the other two suffered serious injuries.
The suspect, identified as 44-year-old Marc LaQuon Payne, had 20-years previously also attacked three Phoenix police officers. He is currently in police custody and facing three counts of attempted first-degree murder and two count of aggravated assault.
The details of the attack of these officers using a car as a weapon are quite disturbing with police describing the act as intentional.
Surveillance video shows Payne had stopped at one of the gas pumps then reversed his vehicle into a parking spot facing the officers. He turned off the car’s headlights and sat for a few minutes before turning on the engine and making a full-throttle charge at the men.
The car’s impact threw one officer into the air and through the store’s glass windows. Another officer appears to have been able to escape serious harm while the third was run over. Payne’s car went in to the QuikStop and the suspect attempted to flee the scene before witnesses and one of the officers chased him down and subdued him.
The police officer who was thrown up in the air was a new officer who was on his first day of the job.
Phoenix police released the surveillance video of the suspect running over the police officers who were standing in ful uniform by a patrol SUV, when they were hit.
WARNING: The video is graphic.
Please pray for the safety of our nation’s police officers who can’t even stand in front of a convenience store without being attacked simply for being cops.