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

Brailsford was accused of second-degree murder after shooting and killing Daniel Shaver at a Mesa hotel in 2016.

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, a 26-year-old father of two from Granbury, Texas, at a Mesa, Az. hotel in January of 2016.

Officers were originally called to the scene following reports that a man was pointing a rifle out a window. According to witnesses, Shaver showed guests in his hotel room a pellet gun he used for his extermination business.

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Body camera footage released after the verdict showed the moment a woman and Shaver were ordered by armed officers to get on the ground as they exited a hotel room into a hallway.

"Put both your hands on top of your head and interlace your fingers," an officer commanded. "Take your feet and cross your left foot over your right foot."

Both the woman and Shaver are told to "shut up" several times and warned if they don't follow orders correctly they could be shot.

After the woman is taken into custody, Shaver is told, "Young man, listen to my instructions and do not make a mistake."

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

He's told to keep his legs crossed, arms out and then push up to a kneeling position. However, as Shaver pushed himself up his legs uncrossed.

"I said keep your legs crossed," the officer yelled out to a visibly shaken Shaver, who apologized and then put his hands behind his back, which spurred more outrage from the officer.

"Put your hands up in the air," the officer yelled. "You do that again and we'll shoot you."

"Please do not shoot me," Shaver responded through sobs. "I'm trying to do what you told me."

Shaver then began to crawl towards officers as commanded but is fired upon as he reached toward his waistband.

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.

Five other officers were in the hallway, but Brailsford was the only one who fired. He shot Shaver five times.

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.

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.

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