Police Abuse

Phoenix Ex-Officer Faces Murder Trial for Shooting Man, Dog

While answering domestic disturbance call

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Jury selection is set to begin Monday for a former Phoenix police officer charged with murder and animal cruelty in the fatal shootings of an unarmed man and his dog during a domestic dispute call.

Authorities say then-Officer Richard Chrisman broke the law in his response to the 2010 call that ended with the death of 29-year-old Daniel Rodriguez at the south Phoenix trailer that Rodriguez shared with his mother. Chrisman disputes that he acted improperly, saying the shooting was justified because Rodriguez had reached for the officer's gun during a tussle that preceded the shooting.

Attorneys are expected to make opening arguments Wednesday.