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Man strikes police officers with car outside Phoenix gas station

Phoenix police: Officers struck by car; driver in custody Watch: Driver targets Phoenix police officers
Rufina Vignone | 15 Settembre, 2016, 06:53

The Phoenix Police Department released video of the incident, which shows the officers standing in front of a QuikTrip gas station convenience store early Tuesday morning as they are struck by a vehicle.

The store's surveillance video captured the moment when the auto plowed into the officers.

The near-deadly smash is so powerful that one officer - who was on his first day of training - is seen spinning through the air.

Another officer, 36, jumped out of the way of the Nissan, but was injured while struggling with the suspect, who reportedly was under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

The driver was arrested and charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder, as well as suspicion of aggravated assault.

Payne was jailed without bond after authorities said he drove a vehicle into two police officers outside a Phoenix gas station on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. The auto crashed into the convenience store, causing extensive damage.

Witnesses at the scene said Payne was driving fast in the parking lot and even revved his engine before plowing into the officers.

The three officers were taken to hospitals for treatment.

The incident was captured in harrowing security video released by Phoenix police.

At this time, police believe the act was intentional.

Three officers were rushed to the hospital. This happened in Phoenix.

Reports show that this is not the first time Payne has tried to attack police officers.

Chief Yahner said in an afternoon press conference that he was "outraged" by what appeared to have been Payne's deliberate targeting of the police officers.

According to 12 News, KVOA's sister station in Phoenix, court documents show in 1997, Payne pleaded guilty to aggravated assault after resisting arrest and kicking a Phoenix police officer twice in the leg. As previously reported by Inquisitr, police officers suffered multiple casualties in Baton Rouge and an ambush on police providing security for a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas.

The judge told Payne she considered him to be a "substantial danger to the community".

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