REPORT: Arizona police officer hit and killed by car during traffic stop (VIDEO)
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A Salt River police officer was hit and killed by a car while on a traffic stop on Loop 101 near McDowell Road Tuesday night, according to Arizona Department of Public Safety director Col. Frank Milstead.
Salt River Police Chief Karl Auerbach said the officer killed was Clayton Townsend, who had been with the department for five years. Officer Townsend leaves behind a wife and a 10-month-old child.
The article goes on to state the following:
Auerbach said Townsend was one of the most dedicated officers in the department, calling him a “guardian of the people.”
DPS said Townsend made the traffic stop on northbound Loop 101 just south of the McDowell offramp just after 6 p.m. As he approached the car he stopped on the side of the road, he was struck by another northbound car, DPS said.
— 12 News (@12News) January 9, 2019
I am sorry to report the death of a Salt River Tribal Police Officer tonight. Details are still being realized, but it appears he was struck and killed by a car, while on a traffic stop on SR101 near McDowell Rosd. @Arizona_DPS Troopers are conducting the investigation.
— Col. Frank Milstead (@frank_milstead) January 9, 2019
Saddened to hear of this tragic loss. My prayers go out to the family and loved ones of the Salt River Police Officer killed in the line of duty tonight. Tomorrow all state flags will be lowered to half-staff to honor his life and service. #RIP https://t.co/a6sXIUK745
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) January 9, 2019
LODD: Salt River Az. Police Officer killed in Loop 101 crash. It appears he was struck and killed by a car, while on a traffic stop on SR101 near McDowell Rosd. https://t.co/nZ9i37kh7F
— Blue Lives Matter (@RetiredNYCPD) January 9, 2019
Rest In Peace Officer Clayton Townsend. May God comfort your family and colleagues. Thank you for your service and sacrifice to make our community a better place. You will not be forgotten. #azfamilyhttps://t.co/e7Yn9lZjzG
— Kim Quintero (@KimQuintero) January 9, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Salt River Police Department and the family of Officer Clayton Townsend who was killed in the line of duty last night. pic.twitter.com/SPB6MBCVPn
— FBI-LEEDA (@FBILEEDA) January 9, 2019
Condolences pouring in as the law enforcement community learns of the death of Salt River Police Officer Clayton Townsend last night on the 101. He was a husband and father.💙💔The latest on this valley tragedy on GMAZ throughout the morning. #azfamily https://t.co/PIyxGAw2H1
— olivia fierro (@oliviafierro) January 9, 2019
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