PHOENIX - A judge has blocked an effort by Phoenix police to fire an officer accused of killing an unarmed man.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Donald Daughton issued a preliminary injunction Wednesday preventing Chief Jack Harris from firing 36-year-old officer Richard Chrisman.
Chrisman is charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault and animal cruelty following the Oct. 5 shooting of 29-year-old Danny Frank Rodriguez at a south Phoenix trailer park.
Chrisman has pleaded not guilty.
Chrisman's attorneys argued he would be forced to waive his Fifth Amendment rights to defend himself if called before Harris and that the police department's ruling that he violated policy was based solely on a probable cause statement for his arrest.
Chrisman's criminal case is still ongoing.
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