Officers struck by car; driver in custody


PHOENIX (AP) — Three Phoenix police officers are recovering after being struck by a car in what authorities say may be an intentional act.

Police say 44-year-old Marc LaQuon Payne was the car’s driver and is facing charges.

Two officers were struck around 2 a.m. Tuesday as they stood in a convenience store’s parking lot.

A third officer jumped out of the way, but was injured in a struggle while arresting Payne.

Authorities say the car Payne was driving struck a police vehicle and then crashed into the store.

Police released store video of the incident and say driver’s impairment may have been a factor.

An 18-year-old police veteran suffered a broken leg, another veteran officer had minor injuries and a third officer had a head injury in his first day of training.

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