PD: Chandler officer killed by red-light runner

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Officer Bryant Holmes By Mike Gertzman Officer Bryant Holmes By Mike Gertzman

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- A preliminary investigation shows that the crash that killed a Chandler police officer Tuesday afternoon was caused by a red-light runner.

Bryant Holmes, 34, was killed in Gilbert while he was headed to work at about 1:30 p.m.

Gilbert police said Holmes was riding a motorcycle northbound on Recker Road when he was struck by an SUV traveling west on Baseline Road.

Preliminary investigation by the Gilbert Police Department Traffic Reconstruction Team revealed the driver of the SUV ran a red light, which caused the accident, according to Sgt. Jesse Sanger.

Austin Beasley, 20, faces a charge of causing serious physical injury or death by a moving violation.

Holmes is survived by his wife and four children.
"It's never a good feeling when we lose one of our people, and this is just so tragic," said Sgt. Joseph Favazzo with the Chandler Police Department. "We're talking about a very young officer with a young family. He was very dedicated. Five years here at the police department. He's going to be greatly missed here, greatly missed by his family."

Funeral services are pending.


Chandler police officer dies in a traffic accident