Former Arizona cop acquitted in the shooting was a failed actor, report says

Philip Mitchell Brailsford, 27, was acquitted of the criminal liability of past Thursday in the shooting death of Texas man Daniel Shaver.

(Mesa Police)

A former Arizona police officer acquitted last week of a murder charge in 2016 the fatal shooting of an unarmed man outside of a hotel room was a failed actor for his law enforcement career, TMZ reported Sunday.

Philip Mitchell Brailsford, 27, was acquitted of the criminal liability of past Thursday in the shooting death of Texas man Daniel Shaver.

But it is obvious that Brailsford is the first choice in career was not being a law enforcement officer, but an actor. Brailsford placed his talents on acting, casting website and detailed interests, TMZ reported.

The former police officer, who allegedly shared photos of him sitting on a motorcycle, looking for the “Acting, Model, Band Gigs, Voice-Over, Singing” chances. Among his interests, he calls it “riding a bike, Football, Hunting, target shooting, Guitar player, Band Experience, Eagle Scout.”

His attempt to be an actor turned out to be useless as he had no credits in any of the movies or other productions, TMZ reported.

Brailsford was found not guilty in the shooting of a man in the suburb of Phoenix Mesa after he responded to a call that someone is pointing a gun out of a window.

He ordered Shaver leaving his hotel room, lay face-down in a corridor and no sudden movements or the risk of being shot by him. The terrifying body-camera video shows Shaver crying and begging the officer not to shoot him.

Brailsford opened fire after the man reaches in the direction of the band of his pants as he crawl up to him, as according to the officer’s orders.

The officer’s defense in court was that he reasonably believed Shaver picked up a gun. A researcher, who looked at the shoot agreed with Brailsford’s claim that the man’s motion is similar to reaching a gun, but noted that it also seemed he was just pulling up his loose-fitting shorts.

No gun was found on the body of the man, although the two pellet guns in connection with his pest-control job were later found in his room.

“There are no winners in this case, but Mitch Brailsford had to make a split-second decision in a situation that he was trained to recognize if someone draw a weapon and one second to react,” the former officer’s attorney Michael Piccarreta said.

“He didn’t want to harm the Lord’s Shaver… The circumstances that night were presented led him to the conclusion that he was in danger. Try to make a decision in a second, life or death. It is quite difficult,” he said.

Shaver’s widow, Laney Sweet, and Shaver’s parents filed a wrongful death lawsuits against the suburb of Phoenix City of Mesa following Brailsford the acquittal on Thursday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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