Phoenix cop faces charges in fatal on-duty shooting

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on October 5, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 6 at 9:25 PM

PHOENIX -- A Phoenix police officer who fatally shot a man during a confrontation has been arrested on an aggravated assault charge.

Court records released on Wednesday show that an officer accompanying Officer Richard Chrisman on the domestic violence call saw no threat and no weapon in the suspect's hands.

Chrisman and Officer Sergio Virgillo were called to a south Phoenix home just after noon on Tuesday by the mother of 29-year-old Danny Frank Rodriguez. The court probable cause statement says the officers went inside a mobile home and Rodriguez began yelling that they needed a warrant.

Chrisman allegedly pulled his pistol, put it against the suspect's head and told him he didn't need a warrant. Over the next few minutes, Chrisman shocked Rodriguez with a stun gun, shot his pit bull, then finally fatally shot Rodriguez.

 

 

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