Ex-cop accused in Granbury man's death found not guilty of second-degree murder

Ex-cop accused in Granbury man's death found not guilty of second-degree murder

PHOENIX -- A jury has found former Mesa police officer Philip Brailsford not guilty of second-degree murder.

Brailsford was accused in the shooting death of Daniel Shaver, 26, at a Mesa hotel in 2016. The father of two was from Granbury. 

Officers had been called to the scene after reports of a man pointing a rifle out a window. According to witnesses, Shaver had a pellet gun he used for his extermination business. 

Prosecutors accused Brailsford of being too fast to pull the trigger, and tried to use other officer's testimony and body camera footage to convince a jury he was "reckless." 

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Brailsford's body camera showed Shaver on all fours, crawling towards officers, sobbing and asking the officers to "Please do not shoot me ... I'm trying to do what you told me." He reached toward his waistband and Brailsford fired. 

It was later discovered Shaver didn't have a weapon on him. An internal investigation found Shaver may have been trying to pull up his pants.

Below is police body camera footage of the shooting. 12 News has decided not to show the moments when Shaver was shot and killed.

Five other officers were in the hallway, but Brailsford was the only one who fired. 

As the verdict came down, Brailsford's attorney placed his hands on his client's shoulder.

Laney Sweet, Shaver's widow, and other family members left the courtroom without commenting. 

An unredacted version of the camera footage, which shows when Shaver was actually killed, is expected to be released in the next 24 hours. 

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