Parents of unarmed man killed by police sue Mesa, police officers

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The parents of Daniel Shaver filed a lawsuit against the City of Mesa and 2 former police officers. (Source: KPHO/KTVK) The parents of Daniel Shaver filed a lawsuit against the City of Mesa and 2 former police officers. (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Former Officer Philip Michell Brailsford is facing a murder charge and was named in the lawsuit. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office) Former Officer Philip Michell Brailsford is facing a murder charge and was named in the lawsuit. (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Laney Sweet, the widow of Daniel Shaver, filed her own and different lawsuit in 2016. (Source: Steve Aron, KPHO/KTVK) Laney Sweet, the widow of Daniel Shaver, filed her own and different lawsuit in 2016. (Source: Steve Aron, KPHO/KTVK)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The parents of an unarmed man shot and killed by a now-former Mesa police officer at a hotel has filed a civil suit against the City of Mesa and two ex-officers.

A lawyer for Grady and Norma Shaver, parents of Daniel Shaver, filed a civil complaint in Superior Court on Tuesday. They are seeking an unspecified amount of damages.

This is different from the lawsuit filed by Shaver's widow, Laney Sweet. She filed a $35 million suit against the City back in March.

[READ MORE: Wife of man shot, killed by police at Mesa hotel files $35M notice of claim]

Officer Philip Brailsford, who fatally shot Shaver, faces a murder charge. He and Charles Langley are named as defendants, along with the City of Mesa.

On Jan. 18, 2016, there was a report that a man was pointing a rifle out a window at a La Quinta Inn. 

[RELATED: Officer-involved shooting at a Mesa La Quinta Inn leaves man dead (Jan. 19, 2016)]

When officers located the suspected room on the fifth floor, they went to the room and began giving verbal commands for the occupants to come out.

One of those was Shaver. Officers ordered him to keep his hands on the ground while he and a woman crawled toward officers but they said he repeatedly disobeyed their orders and Brailsford shot him.

[READ MORE: Reports shed light on fatal Mesa police shooting]

Several witnesses and hotel employees told police after the shooting that Shaver was drunk.

The autopsy revealed Shaver's blood alcohol level was .29, which is more than three times the legal definition of intoxicated.

No weapons were recovered from Shaver's body, but investigators found two pellet rifles in the hotel room, which they later determined were related to his pest control job, police said. The guns were presumably what witnesses saw in Shaver's hotel room window that prompted the original call to police.

Brailsford has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge against him. He was fired earlier in March for several policy violations, including unsatisfactory performance.

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

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