Two Chandler Police officers killed in one week

Officer David Payne
Officer David Payne
The Chandler Police Department lost two officers in two days this week. Officer David Payne and Officer Bryant Holmes were killed in separate vehicle accidents.

On Tuesday, Chandler Officer Bryan Holmes, 34, a five-year veteran of the department, was riding a motorcycle to work when he was hit by an SUV at the intersection of Recker and Baseline roads in Gilbert. The driver remained at the scene.

Officer Holmes was in his uniform and as a result he was considered killed in the line of duty.

Officer Payne died after he was rear-ended on his motorcycle by a suspected drunken driver with a suspended license. Early Friday morning, while waiting at a red light at the intersection of Pennington Drive and Chandler Boulevard, east of Dobson Road, he was rear-ended by a car driven by Brian Yazzie, 31, of Tempe.

Yazzie, driving with an 11-month-old baby with him, drove on for about a half-mile when he finally stopped the car,

It is believed that Yazzie was impaired by alcohol, and that he was driving on a license suspended for a DUI in 2010.
Yazzie was taken into custody and booked into the Fourth Avenue Jail on suspicion of manslaughter, endangerment and hit-and-run.

Those interested in making financial contributions to the families of Chandler Police Officers David Payne and Bryant Holmes may do so at any branch office of Arizona Bank & Trust.

Officer David Payne
Account #9361089137
Family Support Group, Inc.
Fallen Officer Fund

Officer Bryant Holmes
Account #9361089057
Family Support Group, Inc.
Fallen Officer Support Fund

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