Mesa PD recommends termination for officer involved in fatal shooting

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Philip Brailsford (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Philip Brailsford (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Philip Brailsford (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Philip Brailsford (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Officer Philip Mitchell Brailsford leaves court after a hearing on March 15, 2016 (Photo source: KPHO/KTVK) Officer Philip Mitchell Brailsford leaves court after a hearing on March 15, 2016 (Photo source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Mesa Police Department is recommending termination for an officer involved in a fatal shooting in January.

Mesa police officer Philip Brailsford is accused of shooting Daniel Shaver on Jan. 18 at a Mesa La Quinta motel.

Brailsford pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder during his initial court appearance Tuesday morning.

[READ MORE: Mesa officer pleads not guilty in shooting death of Texas man]

Maricopa County prosecutors say Brailsford unjustifiably fired five shots.

[READ MORE: Mesa police officer charged in fatal shooting]

Mesa police released this statement Tuesday:

"The Mesa Police Department prides itself on professionalism, respect and the highest level of service for our community. The January 18 incident involving Daniel Shaver was an unfortunate situation for his family, our city, and all law enforcement officers.

After reviewing the evidence, Chief Meza had significant concerns with Officer Philip Brailsford's actions. He ordered an expedited and complete investigation, which was then forwarded to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office for an independent review. As you know, the County Attorney is pursuing second-degree murder charges against Officer Brailsford.

In addition, Chief Meza initiated an internal affairs investigation regarding inappropriate etching on the AR-15 patrol rifle used by Officer Brailsford. The department policy is clear: no modifications of any kind is permitted on service weapons.

Based on a comprehensive review of the entire situation, Officer Brailsford was served with notice of a pre-deprivation hearing today -- with a recommendation of termination from the Mesa Police Department. Officer Brailsford has a right to due process, and he will have the opportunity to appeal if necessary. To ensure a fair process, the Department will not be able to discuss additional details of the investigation at this time."

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