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Peoria police officer dies after motorcycle crash at school

PEORIA, Ariz. — A Peoria police officer died Wednesday after a motorcycle crash at a high school where he earlier performed a demonstration for students, authorities said.

Police officials said Jason Judd was a 21-year veteran of the force and had served as a motor officer for 17 years.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Thursday to honor Judd.

Judd was on-duty at the time of the 11:30 a.m. accident at Liberty High School in Peoria.

Police said the crash happened after the demonstration and after the students were already inside.

They said Judd’s motorcycle came out from under him and he crashed, but the cause isn’t immediately known.

Judd was taken to a Phoenix-area hospital where police said he died of his injuries.

The Glendale Police Department will handle the investigation into the fatal crash.