Phoenix police Officer Richard Chrisman has been arrested after he first tasered and then shot Danny Frank Rodriquez, 29. He also shot the family dog. Another officer reported that neither he nor Chrisman were being threatened at the time.
Elvira Fernandez called the police after she felt her son might hurt her. Chrisman responded to the domestic violence call and within 15 minutes of his arrival, Rodriquez was dead. At the outset, according to reports, Rodriquez demanded a warrant and Chrisman reportedly shouted “I don’t need no warrant, mother******.”
Chrisman is a nine-year veteran who has been the subject of four internal inquiries including an excessive-force allegation in 2009.
Bond was set for Chrisman at $150,000 and he will be represented by the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association.
If the mother sues for wrongful death, this could prove an interesting case where the police department raises a “rogue employee” defense. Given the charges, the department can argue that Chrisman violated both criminal law and police regulations.