Daniel Shaver, a 26-year-old from Texas, was staying at La Quinta Inn & Suites in Mesa, Arizona, during a business trip earlier this year when MPD Officer Philip Brailsford burst into his room and allegedly shot him dead.
Although the incident occurred on Jan. 18, an Arizona judge has just released the body cam footage from the deadly shooting. The videos are heavily edited and do not show the actual shooting of the man who died begging for his life, but they do show the moments before and right after Shaver’s tragic death.
“It’s unfortunate that the Mesa PD coverup continues,” Shaver’s widow Laney Sweet told BuzzFeed News. “My husband was brutally murdered while he begged for his life.”
The cops were responding to a complaint that someone was pointing a gun from a window on a high-up floor in the hotel where Shaver was staying. The father of two, who worked in pest control and reportedly carried two pellet guns with him for work, was unarmed at the time.
The video only shows police ordering guests on the floor to leave rooms as they surrounded Shaver's room, but investigations revealed that Shaver was crawling on the ground, crying and begging the cops not to shoot him when Brailsford fired at him. He is facing second-degree murder charges.
Watch the edited body cam videos below: