Judge finds probable cause in deadly Mesa police shooting

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Former Officer Philip Mitchell Brailsford (left) is facing a murder charge in the shooting death of Daniel Shaver (right) during an incident at a Mesa hotel in January. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) Former Officer Philip Mitchell Brailsford (left) is facing a murder charge in the shooting death of Daniel Shaver (right) during an incident at a Mesa hotel in January. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A judge has ruled there is probable cause to charge former a Mesa police officer with 2nd-degree murder

Philip Mitchell Brailsford was in court Monday. He is accused of shooting Daniel Shaver, 26, five times at a La Quinta Inn after responding to a call about a man with a gun in the window.

The purpose of the preliminary hearing is to present any evidence for the judge to decide if in fact a second-degree murder charge is warranted in this case. The judge decided that, in fact, there is probably cause.

The Mesa Police Department fired Brailsford in March following a review of the January shooting.

The Mesa Police Association is unhappy about Brailsford's firing since that action was taken before probable cause had been established.

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