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The Latest: Phoenix police: 1 officer still hospitalized

Posted September 14

— The Latest on an attack on Phoenix police officers (all times local):

12:07 p.m.

Phoenix police say one Phoenix police officer remains hospitalized after he and two others were injured when a car plowed into them and during a subsequent scuffle with the car's driver.

Sgt. Jonathan Howard says all the officers injured in the Tuesday night incident are recovering. The one still hospitalized suffered a concussion when he was thrown and his head hit the car's windshield.

One of the officers released had a broken leg. The other officer who's been released suffered minor injuries during a scuffle while arresting a man identified as 44-year-old Marc LaQuon Payne.

A judge has ordered Payne held without bond. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder and other crimes.

Police Chief Joseph Yahner denounced the attack as a "violent, intentional act."

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9:20 a.m.

A 44-year-old man described as a transient is jailed without bond after authorities said he drove a car into two police officers outside a Phoenix gas station and then scuffled with a third officer who managed to get out of the way.

Marc LaQuon Payne is jailed on multiple counts, including suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal damage and resisting arrest.

Payne didn't have an attorney when he appeared before a judge late Tuesday night after being treated at a hospital.

Police Chief Joseph Yahner denounced the Tuesday morning attack as a "violent, intentional act."

One officer suffered injuries that included a broken leg. A second had bruises and a concussion.

A court document describes Payne as a transient without ties to the community.

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This story has been corrected to give the complete name of the police chief, Joseph Yahner.

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