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Former AZ Officer Found Not Guilty of Second-Degree Murder

December 07, 2017  | 

A jury has found former Mesa, AZ, police officer Philip Brailsford not guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a man at a Mesa hotel in 2016, reports KPNX-TV.

Officers had been called to the scene after reports of a man pointing a rifle out a window. According to witnesses, Daniel Shaver had a pellet gun he used for his extermination business.

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kevcopaz @ 12/7/2017 10:49 PM

Fair result, justice was done in this case. This was NOT a "murder". The circumstances were such (as I understand) that the shooting probably never should have happened, but it was not anywhere near an intentional killing. The officer has lost his career, the family of the victim will be paid a lot of $ and this end is Justice.

Richard @ 12/8/2017 11:41 AM

Not sure how I feel about this. As a 17 yr. Veteran I think the cop f'ed up. Clearly the suspect was scared. No gun was visible add that to the fact he had the AR locked, loaded and aimed right at him. Even if he was going to his waistband for a weapon the officer still had a position of superiority and could have taken the guy out before he could have brought a weapon from his waistband. Oh, and what's up with the message on the gun???

Larry @ 12/8/2017 1:40 PM

I'm sure his wife and children will be happy to hear that this is your idea of a fair result. Have you watched the video. How can a person possibly be more compliant?

Draco @ 12/9/2017 7:01 AM

Come on Larry. If you have several cops aiming weapons at you, clearly telling you to keep your hands visible, why would you disobey? Knowing they think your a danger. I agree with Brailsford. He did what he needed to do. Ricardo, the message on his gun doesn't matter. He was on trial for murder not something he wrote as a joke, most likely. You just have to be careful what you say around who

kevciopaz @ 12/9/2017 8:44 AM

I dont disagree that the shooting was "bad" and should have been avoided by better tactics. Done this many tines as many of us have. BUT the point being it was not MURDER. There are civil actions to correct this sort of thing NOT a jury for a criminal action. Justice wad done, cop was fired (never to be a cop again), Sgt. retired and the family were paid big $. What do you think justice is Larry? all that AND the cop goes to prison. You better think about that answer, aim sure if you ever were a real cop but for the Grace of God goes you.

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