Judge blocks effort by Phoenix P.D. to fire cop accused of murder

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PHOENIX -- A judge blocked an effort by Phoenix police to fire an officer accused of killing an unarmed man.

Officer Richard Chrisman is accused of shooting and killing Daniel Rodriguez and his dog during a domestic violence call last month.

Chrisman is charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault and animal cruelty. He entered a plea of not guilty.

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Donald Daughton issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday preventing Chief Jack Harris from firing Chrisman.

Chrisman's attorneys argued that he would be forced to waive his Fifth Amendment rights to defend himself if called before Harris and that the Police Department's ruling that he violated policy was based solely on a probable cause statement for his arrest.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.