Widow says husband was unarmed when police fired

A widow is searching for answers after her husband was shot and killed by a Mesa Police officer last week, when the officer thought the man was reaching for a gun.

- A widow is searching for answers after her husband was shot and killed by a Mesa Police officer last week, when the officer thought the man was reaching for a gun.

His wife says  the man was unarmed, and an investigation is underway to see what went wrong.

Daniel Shaver was a traveling businessman in Mesa for work last week when he was shot and killed by police after a call of a person with a gun at the hotel.

Mesa Police have not confirmed Shaver was unarmed when he was shot. The case is now under investigation by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, but his wife is questioning how this could have happened.

It all began at the La Quinta Inn in Mesa last Monday. Someone called the police and told them someone was pointing a rifle out of an upstairs room window. Officers went to the room and shouted for the people inside to come out. Shaver came out and started to reach towards his lower back. One of the officers thought he might have a gun and opened fire, killing the man.

Shaver's wife says her husband was a family man in town for business.

"I can't imagine that he would have ever done anything that justified them feeling six officers were so threatened for their life," said Laney Sweet.

Sweet has started a GoFundMe.com page to raise money for an independent autopsy. On the page, she says he was unarmed when he was shot. Mesa Police are not confirming or denying that claim but did issue a statement.

"Our sympathy goes out to Mr. Shaver's family as any death is a tragedy for all involved, especially for family members. These type of situations are difficult for police officers. The officer involved in this incident has been with the Mesa Police Department for 2 1/2 years and is currently administratively reassigned per department protocol."

Along with his wife, Daniel is survived by a 4 and 6-year-old daughter.

"If I think about especially my oldest, just what I know she lost, and my youngest too, because she didn't have as many years with him, that's unbearable," said Sweet.

Shaver's wife says he did travel with two pellet guns which he used for his pest control job. Mesa Police confirmed they found those in the hotel room. There is body camera footage of the incident, but it's not being released until the investigation is complete.


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