Officer accused of shooting unarmed man last year fired

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by Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on March 23, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 23 at 9:42 PM

PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix police officer charged in the shooting deaths of an unarmed man and his dog last year has been fired.

The Phoenix Police Department says the decision was made Wednesday after Richard Chrisman's Loudermill hearing.

The hearing provides an employee an opportunity to present his side of the story before the employer decides on discipline.

The 36-year-old Chrisman awaits trial for second-degree murder in the Oct. 5, 2010, shooting of Danny Frank Rodriguez.

Court documents show Chrisman pulled his pistol, put it against Rodriguez's head and told him he didn't need a warrant when Rodriguez ordered him out of his house.

Chrisman allegedly shocked Rodriguez with a stun gun, then fatally shot Rodriguez and his pit bull. Chrisman's lawyer says his client had just cause in the shootings.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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