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Police Officer David Smith Payne | Chandler Police Department, Arizona Chandler Police Department, Arizona

Police Officer

David Smith Payne

Chandler Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Friday, October 31, 2014

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 574

Military veteran

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Sentenced to 14 years

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Police Officer David Payne was killed when his police motorcycle was struck by a drunk driver at the intersection of Chandler Boulevard and Pennington Drive.

He was stopped at a red light at 12:40 am when the drunk driver rear-ended his motorcycle and then fled the scene. The collision occurred at the same intersection at which Officer Robert Nielsen was killed in the line of duty on June 12th, 2002.

The driver was arrested a short time later and was charged with second-degree murder, aggravated DUI, and six other counts. On December 4, 2015, the driver was sentenced to 14 years in prison plus seven years probation.

Officer Payne was a member of the Arizona National Guard and had served with the Chandler Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his child.

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I think about you often and I still cry. Even though, we lost contact over the years, I would somehow, someway find out how you were doing. I was very happy for you that your dream of being a Police officer had come true. It so saddens me that your life was taken away from you so early. My thoughts and prayers still go out to your family, especially your daughter and your son. I am sure that they will grow up knowing what a hero their Father was. My condolences to the Chandler Police Department. RIP Officer Payne. You will never be forgotten my friend

Karron Walpole
November 16, 2016


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