Kizzar Indicted On Attempted Murder Charges

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Lenny Kizzar was indicted Thursday on two counts of attempted murder in connection with the Oct. 30 shooting of Payson Police officer Allen Dyer.


The 40-year-old also was indicted on three counts of aggravated assault and one count of misconduct involving a weapon.


Kizzar was arraigned Monday in Gila County Superior Court, and a pretrial conference was set for Dec. 2 in Payson.


Kizzar remains in custody in the Gila County jail in Globe in lieu of a $2,010,000 bond.


Officer Dyer -- a three-month employee of the Payson Police Department -- was shot when he moved between Wal-Mart shoppers and Kizzar, who was allegedly carrying a gun.


Police said Kizzar had a .44-caliber handgun tucked in the waistband of his pants when he saw Dyer and allegedly shot the officer before fleeing into a nearby neighborhood. Police said they think Kizzar was trying to evade an arrest warrant for a possible connection to a church bombing in Heber earlier this year.


Dyer spent the week recovering from gunshot wounds to his chest and stomach at Good Samaritan Hospital in Phoenix, Payson Police Chief Gordon Gartner said.


He was released Monday, and is recovering at his home in the Valley with his wife Michelle and their two children.


Dyer joined the Payson Police force in August after serving with the Phoenix Police Department for 22 years.


Payson police records clerk Jill Van Camp said the spouses of local officers have been raising money to help cover some of the expenses that the police department's insurance won't cover.


"We're just trying to help them out," said Van Camp, the wife of a local officer. "It's not necessarily to help with medical expenses (as was earlier reported).


"We just thought that if this was our family, it would be nice to have a little extra help."


The family may need help with child care and other related expenses that don't qualify for insurance coverage, she said.


"They've got an 11-year-old and a 9-year-old," she said. "If they have to fly family in, or whatever else they might have had to go through ... just any other expenses they might have incurred."


Even though he's still recovering, Van Camp said she knows Dyer is anxious to return to the Rim country, and to the department.


"The Dyers have been amazed at the amount of support he's received," she said. "He did not expect this at all."


Those who would like to donate can stop by any Wells Fargo branch in the state, and make a contribution to the First Southern Baptist Church account in Dyer's name, account number 6371-685645.

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