PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona police officer has been acquitted in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man nearly two years ago at a hotel in a Phoenix suburb.
The acquittal on Thursday clears 27-year-old Philip Brailsford of criminal liability in the January 2016 shooting death of Daniel Shaver of Granbury, Texas.
Shaver was shot at a hotel in the community of Mesa as officers responded to a call that someone was pointing a gun out a window.
The shooting happened after Shaver was ordered to lay face-down in a hallway.
Brailsford says he fired when Shaver reached toward his back, as if he was pulling out a handgun.
Authorities say it looked like Shaver was pulling up his shorts that had fallen down as he was ordered to crawl toward officers.