Phoenix officer involved in deadly shooting fired

PHOENIX - A Phoenix police officer charged with second-degree murder after allegedly shooting an unarmed suspect last year has been fired.

Richard Chrisman, 36, allegedly pulled his pistol, put it against 29-year-old Danny Frank Rodriguez's head and told him he didn't need a warrant when Rodriguez ordered him out of his house on October 5. During the next few minutes, Chrisman shocked Rodriguez with a stun gun, shot his pit bull, then fatally shot Rodriguez, according to a court document.

The Phoenix Police Department said that at a Loudermill Hearing Wednesday, "the decision was made to terminate Officer Chrisman's employment." A Loudermill hearing provides an employee an opportunity to present his or her version of the circumstances prior to the employer making a final decision on disciplinary action.

In November, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge blocked an effort by Phoenix police to fire Chrisman.

Sgt. Tommy Thompson said in an e-mail that the "separation process is anticipated to conclude by early next week."

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