According to New York Daily News on Thursday, Mesa Police Officer Philip Brailsford has been charged with second-degree murder for the killing of 26-year-old Texas man, Daniel Shaver. New details of the January incident were revealed in a police report on Tuesday.
According to the report, Shaver, an unarmed man begged for his life, and complied with the officer’s commands before the fatal shots took his life. There is a description of Shaver crying for his life, but authorities have yet to release the damning footage of Brailsford’s body cam.
In the report, the final moments of Shaver’s life was a hectic situation. On January 8, police responded to complaints of a man pointing a rifle out of the fifth floor window of a La Quinta hotel. Soon after, the Mesa Police responded. By the time the ordeal was over, Brailsford fired five shots at Shaver with an AR-15 rifle, killing him at the scene.
Apparently, Shaver was on business trip with Wal-Mart. He invited a couple of acquaintances to his hotel room for drinks. After a couple of shots of rum, one man asked Shaver about case in the room. Originally, the man thought the case was holding a musical instrument. Instead, the case had a pellet gun and a dead sparrow inside. Reports state Shaver said, “his job is to kill all of the birds that get inside of the buildings.”
Shaver then pointed the pellet gun out of the window. That’s when things got weirder.
Once police found Shaver, they warned Shaver not to make any sudden movements. During the confrontation, they stated Shaver “may not survive” if he did anything that could be considered a threat.
After Shaver made some movements, described as a “jerking motion“, police warned him again. A police officer screamed, “If you do that again, we are going to shoot you.” That’s when Shaver responded back, “No, please don’t shoot me.”
The footage shows a crying Shaver complying with the other orders, as he’s crawling towards the police. That was the last moment of his life.
Soon after, Shaver seemed to move his hands towards his waist. That’s when an officer was heard screaming, “Don’t” prior to Brailsford releasing five shots. However, Shaver was not armed, and may have been trying to pull up his shorts, according to reports. Sometimes when you crawl on the ground, shorts can drag from the friction.
During the harrowing incident, Shaver said he wasn’t drunk, but a toxicology report reveals his blood-alcohol level was .27. It may have been one of the reasons for the misunderstanding when the cops arrived. However, the move to pull up his shorts had deadly consequences for Shaver.
Brailsford pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder charge, according to ABC 15. He also had “you’re fired” etched on his personal rifle. Conveniently, Brailsford was fired earlier this month for multiple policy violations.