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Ex-Arizona police officer acquitted in fatal hotel shooting

A former Arizona police officer has been acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man nearly two years ago at a hotel in a Phoenix suburb

Published on December 7, 2017 4:00PM

Last changed on December 7, 2017 8:58PM


PHOENIX (AP) A former Arizona police officer has been acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man nearly two years ago at a hotel in a Phoenix suburb.

The acquittal on Thursday clears 27-year-old Philip Brailsford of criminal liability in the January 2016 shooting death of Daniel Shaver of Granbury, Texas.

Shaver was shot at a hotel in the community of Mesa as officers responded to a call that someone was pointing a gun out a window.

The shooting happened after Shaver was ordered to lay face-down in a hallway.

Brailsford says he fired when Shaver reached toward his back, as if he was pulling out a handgun.

Authorities say it looked like Shaver was pulling up his shorts that had fallen down as he was ordered to crawl toward officers.



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