The Chandler police force is reeling from the deaths of two officers in unrelated traffic collisions…
(on-duty) City of Chandler Police “Officer David Payne, 37, was sitting on his police motorcycle at a red light at about 12:40 a.m. 10/31/2014 Friday when a car rear-ended him at the intersection of Chandler Boulevard and Pennington Drive.” Causing his death. “Police arrested Tempe resident Brian Yazzie, 31, on suspicion of manslaughter and hit-and-run for his role in the collision”. Oh yeah, plus his license was suspended in (and, presumably, since) 2010. — azcentral
Earlier this week
(off-duty) Chanlder police officer Bryant Holmes was killed while on his way to work. Investigators said the driver that hit him ran a red light and are recommending 28-672 charges (a minor misdemeanor). 10/28/2014 ~ 2:30pm.
Gilbert police are recommending that an SUV driver be charged for a collision that resulted in the death of a Chandler police officer on his way to work Tuesday, according to a police spokesman. A preliminary investigation concluded that Austin Beasley, 20, ran a red light and hit Holmes’ motorcycle in a Gilbert intersection, a police spokesman said Wednesday. Beasley may face a charge of one count of causing serious physical injury or death by a moving violation, Gilbert police spokesman Sgt. Jesse Sanger said. Holmes, 34, was going northbound on Recker Road and went to turn left onto Baseline Road when he was struck by a Jeep Cherokee headed west on Baseline, Sanger said. Everyone involved in the fatality cooperated with police… — azcentral