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- Jan. 08, 2019 -
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Salt River Police Dept. Patch
Resided: AZ, USA
Born: Unk  
Fallen: Jan. 08, 2019
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male
Agency
Dept: Salt River Police Dept. - AZ
10005 East Osborn Road  
Scottsdale, AZ   85256   USA
(480)850-8200
County: Maricopa
Dept. Type: Federal/Police
Hero's Rank: Officer
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Crash
Weapon Class: Vehicle
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 5 years
Bio: Not Available
Survived by:
Wife
and 10-month-old child

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: Jerry Sanstead :: Caucasian / Male - 40 years old
of Scottsdale, AZ

  
Location: State Route 101   Scottsdale, AZ   USA   Tue. Jan. 08, 2019
Summary: 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.

Officer Townsend was conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle with an expired registration on Loop 101, south of the McDowell Road off-ramp in the emergency lane. He was standing by the driver's side door when Sanstead's vehicle struck him at 6:04 p.m.

Townsend suffered head trauma during the incident and was taken to the Honor Health Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center after another Salt River officer had begun rendering first aid at the scene.

The susp. driver(Sanstead) told Arizona DPS officials that he was texting and driving at the time of the crash. A witness also told detectives that Sanstead was looking down at his phone while driving his black passenger car before crossing over two lanes in the road and hitting Townsend.

When asked by detectives whether he should have been on his phone and driving at the same time, Sanstead admitted he knew he should have not have been, a probable-cause statement DPS submitted to a court after his arrest shows.

Disposition: Susp. Sanstead was arrested and booked on one count each of endangerment, reckless manslaughter and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Sanstead's bond was set at $100,000.

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