Police Officer Clayton Joel Townsend

Police Officer Clayton Joel Townsend

Salt River Police Department, Tribal Police

End of Watch Tuesday, January 8, 2019

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Clayton Joel Townsend

Police Officer Clayton Townsend was struck and killed by a vehicle while conducting a traffic stop on northbound State Route 101 just south of McDowell Road, in Scottsdale at 6:00 pm.

He was approaching the car he had stopped when another vehicle struck him and then struck the stopped vehicle. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The driver who struck him admitted to texting and driving at the time of the crash. He was charged with manslaughter, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and endangerment.

Officer Townsend had served with the Salt River Police Department for five years. He is survived by his wife and 10-month-old child.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle
  • Location Arizona

traffic stop, distracted driver

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Hey Clayton it’s your brother Trey. You were a mad of your word & a loving brother. You have me guidance and encouraged me when I was down. I miss you each and everyday. I’ll always remember the memories we spent together and hold those dear to my heart. Your missed by everyone here but your love is felt in heaven sometimes it feels distant but I know your always with us. Till I meet you again I’ll continue to carry you in my heart here. Love you brother everyday.

Younger brother

October 17, 2020

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