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Richard Chrisman

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Local Address: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
 
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www.stamfordadvocate.com, 13 Mar 2015 [cached]
Officer Richard Chrisman
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What happened: Chrisman shot and killed Danny Rodriguez, 28, as well as Rodriguez's pit bull, after his mother called police for help dealing with the methamphetamine user.
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Result: Chrisman was convicted of assault in 2013 at Superior Court in Phoenix, above, with a jury deadlocking on the murder charge. Facing a second trial, he pleaded guilty to assault and manslaughter in a deal with prosecutors and was sentenced to seven years in prison. He was fired by the city. A lawsuit filed by Rodriguez's family is pending.Phoenix trailer, and after unsuccessfully trying to use his Taser and pepper spray. But Chrisman's partner testified against him, saying he had put his gun to Rodriguez's head at the outset of the call. Prosecutors said he later killed Rodriguez after any possibility of a threat had passed. Result: Chrisman was convicted of assault in 2013 at Superior Court in Phoenix, above, with a jury deadlocking on the murder charge. Facing a second trial, he pleaded guilty to assault and manslaughter in a deal with prosecutors and was sentenced to seven years in prison. He was fired.
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Richard Chrisman was sentenced ...
www.officer.com, 22 Dec 2013 [cached]
Richard Chrisman was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison on assault and manslaughter charges.
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Phoenix Police Officer Richard Chrisman testifies about firing his weapon at Danny Frank Rodriguez in Oct. 2010 in the living room of a South Phoenix trailer in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Sept. 3.
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Phoenix Police Officer Richard Chrisman testifies about firing his weapon at Danny Frank Rodriguez in Oct. 2010 in the living room of a South Phoenix trailer in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Sept. 3. Ex-Phoenix Police Officer Convicted of Assault
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Richard Chrisman was originally charged with aggravated assault, second-degree murder and animal cruelty.
He was convicted in September of assault, but jurors failed to reach verdicts on the other counts. He later pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a deal with prosecutors that spared him a second trial.
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While noting that Chrisman was doing his job, the judge also said he went too far.
"Society entrusted you with the power and authority of a law enforcement officer," Granville told Chrisman.
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Chrisman maintained the shootings were self-defense but his partner told jurors the situation had been defused before Chrisman opened fire.
At his sentencing hearing, Rodriguez's mother tearfully pleaded with the judge to sentence Chrisman to the maximum of 15 years in prison.
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Chrisman pleaded for leniency, calling the events of that day a tragedy.
"But I would ask that you understand that that tragedy reaches both sides," he said.
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Chrisman had the support throughout his case of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association, which found his conviction to be a travesty of justice.
"Rich is kind of an unfortunate victim of the justice system," said Ken Crane, the union's vice president.
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During his trial, Chrisman described a chaotic scene in which his partner shirked his duties as backup while Rodriguez's pit bull became aggressive. He said that at one point, the dog lunged at him leading him to shoot the animal twice.
Chrisman explained how pepper spray and his stun gun failed to subdue the suspect as the two struggled, and Rodriguez picked up a bicycle from the living room floor.
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I fired two rounds, center mass," Chrisman told jurors.
Prosecutors accused him of being reckless and escalating the situation unnecessarily. Defense attorneys noted that Chrisman had never fired his weapon once during 10 years on the force and was defending himself.
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Chrisman denied the allegations and accused Virgillo of not being there to help with the struggling suspect, who was high on methamphetamine, and at one point even taking a personal call on his cell phone during the incident.
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Chrisman was fired about five months after the shooting.
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Phoenix Police Officer Richard Chrisman testifies about firing his weapon at Danny Frank Rodriguez in Oct. 2010 in the living room of a South Phoenix trailer in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Sept. 3.
A jury failed to reach a ...
www.officer.com, 17 Sept 2013 [cached]
A jury failed to reach a verdict on murder, but convicted Richard Chrisman of aggravated assault.
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Phoenix Police Officer Richard Chrisman testifies about firing his weapon at Danny Frank Rodriguez in Oct. 2010 in the living room of a South Phoenix trailer in Maricopa County Superior Court in...
Phoenix Police Officer Richard Chrisman testifies about firing his weapon at Danny Frank Rodriguez in Oct. 2010 in the living room of a South Phoenix trailer in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix on Sept. 3.
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Richard Chrisman said he believed that Daniel Rodriguez was going to
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Jurors hearing the case against Richard Chrisman deliberated for about four days before announcing their verdict Tuesday. They were hung on second-degree murder and animal cruelty.
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 at a south Phoenix mobile home. Chrisman, a nine-year veteran of the force, was later fired.
He faced aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly putting a gun to Rodriguez's head. That charge carries a five- to 15-year sentence.
In court Tuesday, Chrisman wore a dark suit and showed no reaction as the verdict was read. At one point, he reached back and squeezed the hand of his wife, who was seated behind him. Other Chrisman supporters at the hearing included several off-duty police officers. Family members of the victim, including Rodriguez's mother, sat in the front row on the other side.
The case, to a large degree, boiled down to conflicting accounts from Chrisman and his partner, Officer Sergio Virgillo - the only two people, besides Rodriguez, inside the trailer to witness the escalating confrontation.
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Chrisman, 39, testified that he acted in self-defense. Defense attorneys said Rodriguez was high on methamphetamine and tried to attack Chrisman with a bicycle.
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Both officers tried to subdue Rodriguez with their stun guns, and Chrisman used pepper spray.
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Prosecutor Juan Martinez said the defense was trying to work around the facts to clear Chrisman.
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Chrisman acknowledged under questioning last week that he was the aggressor in the early part of the confrontation but said he was just doing his job.
Chrisman and Virgillo were called to the trailer park by Rodriguez's mother, who told them her son was violent and had punched a hole in a wall.
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They confronted Rodriguez at the door, and Chrisman forced his way inside.
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Chrisman used pepper spray on Rodriguez, then shot his dog, who prosecutors say was not threatening the officers.
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Virgillo said Rodriguez then got his bicycle and tried to leave the tiny trailer home, but Chrisman wouldn't allow it, and a tussle began.
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Chrisman testified that Rodriguez lifted up the bike.
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b-pr.com, 30 Sept 2013 [cached]
On October 5, 2010, Phoenix Police Officer Richard Chrisman responded to a domestic violence call and was involved in a lethal force incident while dealing with a violent subject later found to have methamphetamine in his system. Rich was subsequently charged with 2nd degree murder, aggravated assault and animal cruelty. Almost three years later on Tuesday September 17, 2013, the jury in the case rendered their verdict. The jury ultimately found Rich guilty of aggravated assault. They were deadlocked on the charges of 2nd degree murder and animal cruelty. The prosecutor requested that Rich be taken into custody after the verdict was read and the judge granted the request. PLEA has issued a written statement to the media regarding the incident and the verdict.
On October 5, 2010, Phoenix Police ...
b-pr.com, 17 Sept 2013 [cached]
On October 5, 2010, Phoenix Police Officer Richard Chrisman responded to a domestic violence call and was involved in a lethal force incident while dealing with a violent subject later found to have methamphetamine in his system. Rich was subsequently charged with 2nd degree murder, aggravated assault and animal cruelty. Almost three years later on Tuesday September 17, 2013, the jury in the case rendered their verdict. The jury ultimately found Rich guilty of aggravated assault. They were deadlocked on the charges of 2nd degree murder and animal cruelty. The prosecutor requested that Rich be taken into custody after the verdict was read and the judge granted the request. PLEA has issued a written statement to the media regarding the incident and the verdict.
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