Salt River Tribal Police Officer killed after being struck by passing motorist during traffic stop.
January 11, 2019
Officer Clayton Townsend
End of Watch Tuesday, January 8, 2019
The Arizona Law Enforcement Canine Association and Desert Dog Police Canine Trials extends our sincerest condolences to the family, friends, and members of The Salt River Tribal Police Department in the loss of Officer Clayton Townsend.
Officer 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.