The Arizona police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a Granbury man has been fired.
Philip Brailsford, 25, was fired Tuesday, police said. He has 15 days to appeal, KNXV-TV in Phoenix reported.
Brailsford was charged this month with second-degree murder. Prosecutors say he shot and killed Daniel Shaver, 26, at a La Quinta Inn & Suites in Mesa, where Shaver had been staying on a business trip.
The shooting occurred Jan. 18 after Mesa police responded to a report of a person pointing a rifle from the fifth-story window of the hotel.
Officers went to the fifth floor, took positions outside Room 502 and called for the occupants to leave the room, police said in a news release.
A woman and a man, later identified as Shaver, came out and were ordered to get on the floor in the hallway. They complied, and the woman was instructed to crawl toward the officers, which she did. She was arrested without incident, the news release said.
Shaver was then ordered to crawl toward the officers. As he moved toward them on his hands and knees, Shaver made a motion with his right hand toward his waistline, the statement said. Brailsford fired five shots, killing him.
“After carefully reviewing the relevant facts and circumstances, we have determined that the use of deadly physical force was not justified in this instance,” Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said.
Brailsford appeared in court last week.