Mesa police release dramatic body camera video following Brailsford verdict

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(Source: Mesa Police Department) (Source: Mesa Police Department)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Mesa Police Department released dramatic body camera video Thursday of an altercation between officers and an unarmed man that left the man dead.

The video release comes just hours after their former officer was acquitted of murder charges related to the altercation.

[WARNING: Graphic raw video shows deadly Mesa police shooting]

In the newly released body camera footage, it shows the last moments of the life of Daniel Shaver before he was shot and killed by former Mesa police officer Mitch Brailsford back in January 2016.

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The incident occurred when Mesa police were called to the La Quinta Inn after someone reported seeing a man pointing a gun out of a hotel window.

[RAW VIDEO: Verdict read in murder trial of ex-Mesa police officer]

The man turned out to be Shaver, who was only in the possession of a pellet rifle for pest control.

When Mesa police officers, including Brailsford arrived at the scene, they suspected Shaver was carrying a gun.

While on the floor and surrounded by police officers, Shaver begged for his life. Brailsford says Shaver disobeyed police commands and reached behind his back while laying on the floor.

Brailsford said he thought Shaver was reaching for a gun when he fatally shot him. No gun was found on Shaver's body.

The detective investigating the shooting has agreed Shaver's movement was similar to reaching for a pistol, but has said it also looked as though Shaver was pulling up his loose-fitting basketball shorts that had fallen down as he crawled.

The investigator had noted he didn't see anything that would have prevented officers from simply handcuffing Shaver as he was on the floor.

[SPECIAL SECTION: Murder trial of ex-Mesa officer Philip 'Mitch' Brailsford]

Legal expert Jason Lamm told AZ Family Thursday that he predicted Brailsford would be found not guilty. Lamm said that it was Brailsford's own testimony that sealed the deal.

With the criminal case now over, civil charges will likely be charged against Brailsford in the near future. 

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