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Police: Officer intentionally run over by driver on first day; 2 other cops also injured

PHOENIX, Arizona — A driver is facing several attempted murder charges after video shows him driving into  three unsuspecting police officer, according to Phoenix investigators.

Police said Marc LaQuon Payne, 44, intentionally put the peddle to the metal and ran over the officer just before 2 a.m. outside a convenience store.

"This is a violent cowardly act on our police officers," Phoenix police Chief Joe Yahner said.

The video show on officer managed to jump out of the way just in time. A sergeant with 18-years experience on the force was taken to the ambulance with a broken leg, but the rookie among the officers was sent flying in the air.  Yahner said he was tossed about 8 feet in the air before smashing into the front glass of the store and landing on the ground.

It was his first day on the job, the department said. He was taken to the hospital with a head injury.

Investigators said they strongly believe the incident was intentional.

"The video shows the suspect watching the officers, moving his car a couple of spots in the parking lot, then ultimately, running them down," Spokesperson Jonathan Howard said.

All the officers are expected to recover.

“These officers could have easily been killed and I thank God that we're not planning three funerals right now,” Yahner said.

Payne is facing thee counts of attempted first degree murder and aggravated assault. Officers said he was under the influence while behind the wheel.