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Police officer shoots dead unarmed man in Arizona despite pleas to spare his life

Daniel Shaver & children
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An unarmed young father of two was shot five times by a police officer in Mesa, Arizona, after begging “Please don’t shoot me.” Now his widow is fighting the system to try to keep her husband’s murderer from walking free.


Police invaded Daniel Shaver’s hotel room after receiving a phone call that somebody was pointing a rifle out the window, according to local affiliate KTAR. The rifle wound up being two pellet rifles, which the police “later determined were related to his pest control job.”

Police forced Shaver and his acquaintance to “crawl” out from the room. Shaver reached towards his waistline, “possibly to pull up his shorts,” when Officer Philip Brailsford gunned him down with his own personal AR-15 assault rifle, which was inscribed with the phrase “You’re f***ed,” according to Tucson News.

Shaver was only 26 years old, and leaves behind two daughters.

Brailsford has been fired and is pleading not guilty to second degree murder. However, county attorney Bill Montgomery has said that they are considering a plea deal. At most, he would likely serve three years and nine months with a possibility for probation.