PHOENIX - The police officer accused of murdering a south Phoenix man earlier this month has a mixed history and has been punished for questionable conduct in the past, records show.
Officer Richard Chrisman was suspended in 2005 after he was caught planting drugs on a suspect as a "joke," according to personnel and discipline records released to ABC15 through a public records request.
The 10-year veteran was suspended without pay for one day. He was also reprimanded for running a red light on duty, records show.
However, Chrisman has also received positive reviews every year from his supervisors since he was hired and was named Phoenix Police employee of the month in May 2009.
The records show an up-and-down career for the officer, who now faces second-degree murder charges after he shot and killed 29-year-old Daniel Rodriquez during a domestic violence call on October 5.
Rodriquez's mother called police after an argument. The situation escalated and Chrisman shot him twice. He died shortly later.
Rodriquez was not armed and the killing has ignited the Hispanic community.
Chrisman's partner also called the incident "the worst day of his life," arrest records show.
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