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Man Begged “Please Don’t Shoot Me” Seconds Before Being Killed By Police

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Chilling news out of Arizona, where 26-year-old husband and father Daniel Shaver was on his hands and knees in front of Mesa, Arizona police officers, begging for his life, seconds before Officer Philip Brailsford killed him. Brailsford has since been fired and charged with second-degree murder.

The incident comes via a report of police body camera footage dated January 18. Police were called to a hotel where there were reports of a man pointing a rifle out of a fifth story window. Police ordered everyone out of the hotel room in question, and after Shaver and an unnamed woman complied, they were ordered to get on the ground.  In the report, Shaver is described as sobbing, obeying police orders to crawl towards them on his hands and knees while police repeatedly threatened to shoot him if he stopped complying.

“Alright, if you make a mistake, another mistake, there is a very severe possibility you are both going to get shot. Do you understand?” one officer told Shaver, according to the report.

“No, please don’t shoot me,” Shaver replied. According to the report, he then moved his hand towards his waist (“It appeared his shorts had fallen partially down his legs at that point,” the report read.) and Brailsford shot him five times.

Mesa police released the report on Tuesday, but have so far not released the footage itself.

Via Facebook

On Tuesday, Shaver’s widow, Laney Sweet, posted a video to YouTube claiming prosecutors are considering a plea deal with Brailsford in which he could plead guilty to negligent homicide, a reduced charge.

In the same video, she posted an audio recording of people she says are prosecutors, including County Attorney Bill Montgomery, telling her she could not talk to media if she watched the police camera footage. Sweet says she decided to not watch the video under those terms.

The police department has declined to comment on the plea deal or the recording’s veracity, due to the ongoing nature of the case.

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