PHOENIX (AP) — A former Phoenix police officer has been convicted of aggravated assault in the shooting deaths of an unarmed man and his dog during a domestic dispute call three years ago.
Jurors hearing the case against Richard Chrisman failed to reach a verdict on the more serious charge of second-degree murder, along with an animal cruelty charge. They deliberated for about four days.
Chrisman was charged after his partner said he fatally shot 29-year-old Danny Rodriguez and his dog without justification during an October 2010 confrontation inside a south Phoenix mobile home. The now-39-year-old Chrisman was later fired.
Chrisman testified that he acted in self-defense. He said Rodriguez was high on meth and tried to attack him with a bicycle.
Both officers attempted to subdue Rodriguez with their stun guns, and Chrisman used pepper spray. Rodriguez's mother had called police to the home, saying her son was violent.