Lawyer for police officer in fatal shooting: Victim was intoxicated

A lawyer for an Arizona police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed man underscored that the victim had lied to police about being intoxicated.
PHOENIX (AP) -- A lawyer for an Arizona police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of an unarmed man underscored that the victim had lied to police about being intoxicated. 
 
Attorney Craig Mehrens also said at a court hearing Monday for Officer Philip Brailsford that the Jan. 18 shooting occurred as officers faced a high-risk situation in responding to a report of a man pointing a rifle out a window at a Mesa hotel.
 
The 25-year-old is undergoing a hearing to determine if he should be held over for trial on a murder charge in the death of Daniel Shaver of Granbury, Texas.
 
Brailsford has pleaded not guilty. He has since been fired. Brailsford maintains he opened fire out of fear that Shaver was reaching for a gun as Shaver was laying on the ground.

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