Phoenix Cop Fatally Shoots Domestic-Violence Suspect -- and His Dog -- For No Apparent Reason

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Phoenix Police Officer Richard Chrisman
Yesterday, we told you about an officer-involved shooting in Phoenix. Details were limited, so we said to check back later. We got the details and they're pretty nuts.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, Phoenix Police Officer Richard Chrisman has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after fatally shooting 29-year-old Daniel Rodriquez.

Rodriquez's mother called police about noon yesterday to report that she and her son had gotten into an argument and that Rodriquez was breaking things in her trailer home near Baseline Road and Central Avenue.

Officer Chrisman and another officer found Rodriquez's mother at the trailer next to the one where Rodriquez had thrown a fit.

The two officers went next door and tried to talk with Rodriquez, but he didn't answer.

The mother told the officers that the trailer was hers and that they were allowed to enter.

The officers entered the trailer and found Rodriquez standing in the living room.

Rodriquez told the cops they had no right to be in his trailer, and that's when things got wild.


Officer Chrisman pulled out his gun, held it to Rodriquez's head, and said "I don't need no warrant, motherfucker."

The other officer told detectives later that Rodriquez hadn't threatened the officers, and he saw no reason for Chrisman to pull his gun.

After putting away the gun, Chrisman went "hands on" and tried to detain Rodriquez. The other officer tried to help, but the two were unable to detain him.

Officer Chrisman then pulled out his Taser and deployed it toward Rodriquez. After getting zapped, Rodriguez hit the floor.

When he got up, Officer Chrisman was waiting with pepper spray, which he sprayed in Chrisman's eyes from about a foot away.

Chrisman then pulled his gun again and shot a dog that had been barking in the corner. The other officer told detectives later that the dog had been barking but hadn't attacked or bitten anyone in the trailer.

Rodriquez, having been shocked and blinded by pepper spray, argued with Chrisman about why he shot his dog.

The other officer tried to "talk down" the situation, and Rodriquez said he would leave the trailer on his bicycle, which was in the living room.

Officer Chrisman, apparently, wasn't havin' it.

As Rodriquez tried to leave, he and Chrisman got into a scuffle.

Officer Chrisman pulled out his gun and fired two or three shots at Rodriquez from about three feet away.

The other officer told detectives that as Chrisman drew his weapon, both he and Rodriquez took a step back. In other words, there was no real threat.

The other officer told detectives that, at no point, did he feel there was a threat that would have warranted the use of deadly force. At no point did Rodriquez ever have a weapon.

When asked his reaction to Chrisman putting the gun to Rodriquez's head, the officer said it was "the worst day of [his] life."

Chrisman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. We called the Phoenix Police Department to find out why he wasn't charged with murder. They say they will answer that question at a media briefing at 3 p.m. today.

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Jpflex66
Jpflex66

People cops are human they have feelings and can react. The mind can do a lot of things to you. It's called stress. You don't know what the officer wa thnking. Maybe in his mind he believed he was in harms way..as far as shooting the dog, I understand depending what type of dog it was. Dogs can cause bodily harm. I'm not agreeing or disagreeing....but I would like to read the officers report. A police officers use of deadly force can be used if they feel great bodily harm or death can occur. You can't just read what the media writes, It's half assed stories.If in that officers mind he shot in fear of life and safety, it's not murder. He didn't plan to kill him....it just happened. But, if the officer stepped outside his guidelines he can be charged....but not murder. I would like to read the report and see what the officers intent was.

Remember this people there's all forms of wronged people. And there's also priests that molest little boys. Not all cops are bad...some make the wrong decision and should prepare for the consequences..

Karla Denise Malone
Karla Denise Malone

this is just what our futures as Americans is looking like , sad sad sad. You might want to think twice before looking toward your local lawenforcment to help you out in a situation.

Onelikeme55
Onelikeme55

I always enjoy reading the comments about the thug cops and how all the police are against us. Guess what? I live in a nice, well kept community on the far east side and my neighborhood in the past ten years has maybe had one cop car even drive through. Why, because they never need to. Maybe if YOU people, and yes we all know who the YOU people are could control yourselves and your kids, maybe become employed sometime in your lives, try not to steal items at every chance you have, and so on, and so on, and so on then maybe the police, using my tax dollars, would not have to spend so much time in your HOODS. Your population contributes almost nothing towards are tax resources but seem to use most of it. Maybe a few more cops like Richard Chrisman is what we need.

O C D Sara
O C D Sara

Why are you all so quick to judge, did you not know Vergillo's story has CHANGED 3 TIMES! Character matters when it comes to he said she said. Why are you all judging BEFORE evidence has been brought foreward. The WIFE does matter, you all seem to think if it was you who pulled the trigger that you would be sentenced BEFORE any evidence, and that this is just cops taking care of cops, BUT Drug DETECTIVE's WIFE is a smuggler and she walks with probation...that sounds more like Vergillo's pull in law to get her off. So either he shouldn't be a detective or a husband if he cant even figure out he is living with a smuggler. Wonder how she got the tips to get away with it for soo long?Yes we are all going to miss Dannys "decent" ways of life.

Dalgast
Dalgast

Just a shame this scum sucking pile of dung isn't thrown in to general population and let it out he was a cop. Chrisman would soon be a Crristine and have the most busted booty on the block

Mike Wells
Mike Wells

@CYB3RWALK3R :You should probably stop trying to defend this guy about now. It's not going to end well for you, especially after the video surfaced of him and another officer PLANTING EVIDENCE on a suspect. Undeniable video evidence, not even any of that, 'Well, maybe' stuff with this one... As for the officer's actions in this home, the second police officer has stated that he saw absolutely NO THREAT to either one of them. If I shoot an intruder LEAVING my house, I don't get to use the 'self defense' claim, and neither does Chrisman.

SO do yourself a favor and quit while you're behind. You just look like a fool being an apologist for this guy.

LawDog
LawDog

The other officer would've been justified in capping his fellow officer since he was an imminent threat to the unarmed "perp"- and conceivably himself, espcially after the first round was fired. There is a dangerous trend developing with cops committing assaults and/or murder under the color of law.

Josh
Josh

Officer Richard Chrisman has been in trouble for placing a crack pipe in a ladies blouse just to get a reaction from the lady. Strange. Topical police behavior? Daniel Rodriquez would still be alive. The officer was put on a week leave for the incident. Questionable police activity? Then he shoots a UNARMED man in Phoenix. This officer needs to be SHOT for his continuous actions against the innocent people of Phoenix. Another police officer ABUSING their power. PROTECT AND SERVE??? The people of Phoenix will mourn the loss of a fellow citizen. Don't fall victim to police ABUSE. FIGHT BACK... WE HAVE RIGHTS... GUNS SAVE LIFES PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE. Richard Chrisman is a MURDERER. You are not WELCOME IN THIS CITY.

Just a word of advice:DON'T GET SNUFFED IN PRISON CHRISMAN.

Guest
Guest

Wow, police nowadays can get away with everything. As long as Joe rules... I hope he spends the time in jail that he deserves. There should be no preferential treatment to police officers.

Debebay12
Debebay12

this cop thinks he is above the law. he needs to be in jail with other criminals who use a gun. I hope the mother has a huge cival lawsuit against the city of phoenix, the police department and the murderer cop. I hope peta gets involved for cruelty of animals too.

Twinturbo300zx95
Twinturbo300zx95

Plain n simple the legal system is completly corrupt things have hotten way outta hand in this country.Its crazy the vast majority of people in this country r perfectly aware of how corrupt the legal system and entire government is but yet we r still standing by watching one persons life get ripped away from them after another jus waiting until its us or one of r loved ones.I live in nj and i can tell u at 24 years of life i literally have countless stories were ive witnessed cops use strong arm tactics 2 get what they want not respecting any of r rights what so ever.Problem is its always the same story when u go 2 court its ur word against the cops word n they never take a citizens word over a cops.

Joe
Joe

Typical Phoenix cop BS. They are racist good ol boys murdering, raping and pillaging the decent folk there.

Dog Breed? Pit Bull? Doberman?
Dog Breed? Pit Bull? Doberman?

@ James King: What breed of dog was it? Was it a pit bull, doberman or German Shepard?

Did Daniel really break items? How many? Did the place look like it been tossed?

Did the mother own both trailers? Or was Daniel correct in saying it was his trailer?

How big was Daniel? Was he 150 pounds or 260 pounds?

Did Daniel have a rap sheet? Did the officer know this, if Daniel had one?

If you determined a suspect was a threat and had to take him in for the DA to decide whether to press charges, would you be scared if you tasered a resisting person and he could hold off two people? Would you be scared or just ho-hum?

Emilio
Emilio

Chrissman did not come to work that morning with the attitude that he was going to kill somebody or kill a minority.

He went to a alleged domestic dispute call. There he saw & heard the following:"Rodriquez's mother called police about noon yesterday to report that she and her son had gotten into an argument and that Rodriquez was breaking things in her trailer home"

This left him ill disposed to Daniel. The officers were told by the mother that it was her trailer and then Daniel contradicted that. This made the officer more ill disposed to Daniel. At this late time if Chrissman had the attitude that he wanted to kill a minority he would have shot him the 1st time he drew the gun. Chrissman tried to take the suspect into custody using non lethal means. After pepper spray, tasering and two somewhat physically fit men trying to subdue a suspect, are you saying this would have you adrenaline running? The dog barks adds to the stress (The would bark at any stranger. I don't buy the uniform thing.).

It would be interesting to have a a brain scan of officers as they go through their patrols (PET, CAT). I know this is infeasible. I'd like to see if their brain patterns are different from dealing with repeated amount of stress. They have training. But statistically speaking every system fails,

I tell my kids (non white) never to give a cop grief. Don't set them off. You'll get a better outcome most of the time. You'll get a warning instead of a speeding ticket for example. Sassing someone that has had repeated insults is not a recipe for success. I don't care how much training a cop has had.

Try this. If a cop is called to a situation, since there is a public interest then it should be viewable. Cops should wear cams. Then we can see all the histrionic shiit people pull on cops including the dangerous stuff.

How often do Cops get psych counseling. The accumalitive stress of dealing with people like Daniel has got to be wearing. While each event might not be like those of PTDS in magnitude, the cumulative effect might not be psychological healthy.

Do society a favor, if you hate Chrissman, then don't call a cop the next time you have a domestic dispute. Just take the consequences. You know better anyway. Most of you have not walked in those shoes but you know everything.

With a name like Daniel Rodriguez you are assuming that he looks like the quintessential minority. He could be more pale than the officer. You are projecting! If the guy's was name Daniel Miller would you still ascribe the motive that the cop came to work wanting to kill somebody. On what factual basis. Thought so!

Dunnali-records
Dunnali-records

yeah ok, how about animal cruelty, numerous assaults, murder 1, he had backup so i beleive this is racialy motivated.

Asdfasfd
Asdfasfd

Shoulda been charged with 1st degree murder. Since he's a cop, he'll have tons of fun in prison.

Moflynn2007
Moflynn2007

Please do NOT let this officer Chrisman get away with murder. It is just horrible and i commend officer Virgillo for coming forward with the truth ! I am quite sure that doesnt happen very often . Daniel was a sweet kid who didnt deserve to have his life ripped away by some POWER-HUNGRY, TRIGGER-HAPPY cop ! Arizona police get away with using un necessary force and murder all the time. Now is the time to send a message that even officers are not ABOVE THE LAW.. There is a reason that young people do not respect police like they used to , and this is a HUGE part of it ! I say God Bless Officer Sergio Virgillo for doing what almost any other officer wouldnt have had the guts to do, and that is to tell the truth, even if it hurts the police officer brotherhood, oath.....that usually allows them to lie for each other

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

Senator Russell Pearce shouting to the world on his SB1070, that it's time to take the "HAND-CUFFS OFF THE POLICE"!! Folks, this is what it looks like. Those with the badge, the guns, tasers and power will do whatever they want. It's time to reign in abuse of power in Maricopa County, AZ. Start by getting rid of SB1070 which does nothing to address the human smuggling and drug cartels at the border. And then there's the Scottsdale Police who called 911 and ended up with shooting the father holding his daughter above his head - no weapons and turning him into a vegetable for life. Last time anyone heard anything there was a $40,000,000 lawsuit...

Vero
Vero

Chrisman looks like a real hot head on roids!! Lawyer for Chrisman says witness (officer Virgillo) is lying about what happened just to save his own ass. What kinda shit is that?!?! Supporting a murderer over an officer who is doing the right thing! Put that mother fucker in prison with the other murderers and criminals so they can give him the ass beating he deserves!!

penis
penis

phoenix PD officers are all a bunch of "I have a little dick and i want to be a cop so i can be a big dick head" I have to deal with them on the daily basis!!!!!!!!

FuckMaryvale
FuckMaryvale

I am the tormented product of an inbred backwoods family of toothless Meth addicts, whose only three talents are hating people smarter than we are ( and that's pretty much everybody ); having sex with farm animals and our mom; and playing the banjo with our feet. I was gang raped as a youth by my twin brothers, Adolf and Argyle, while dad took bets on how soon I'd squeal like a pig.So how can you blame ME for being an asshole. Blame my mom and dad or God. I lost my Meth pipe when I couldn't pay my tab for all the times Granny diddled me out back of the outhouse. Granny wouldn't even give me push on her Crack pipe. Damn her.I'm unemployed, uneducated, and under-developed in my manhood. When you have really big ears and really small penis you ain't got no hope for a date outside of the family unit. Dad, are ya busy tonight ???

min
min

pheonix sucks dumb honkie cops I wouldn't trust them with my life

Min
Min

f this honkey cop

Don't need awarrant mofo
Don't need awarrant mofo

PLEASE keep in mind the two words I'm going to use whenever you consider wrongful police actions and excessive use of force allegations. Those two words are "civil litigation". Though I have been an outlaw for much of my life, I bear no malice toward law enforcement officers. To be sure, I would not want to do the job that must be done and that certain people feel they have the ability to.do. But how do modulate any unplanned for personal incidences that may govern your professional judgment from one day to the next. How many of us have had a shitty day at work that was mostly our own fault. For most of us making a mistake on the clock can be corrected and forgotten. When you're a cop, mistakes can cost others time, embarrassment, or their lives. Mrs. Rodriguez knows this now. Knows this too late.Officer Chrisman needs to be Grand Jury charged with second degree murder. Will it happen ? I'd be surprised if it does. And why wouldn't it ? For the same reason that Jose Arpaio is going to get off the hook in the multiple federal investigations now pending against his flaccid, geriatric ass. "Million dollar civil damage claims". We live in the most litigious country you ever heard of and suing city agencies will guarantee a fat payday if you win. I have been in court for probable cause hearings and have heard police officers recite the most idiotic, childish, asinine, unbelievable, arrogant, outlandish, and sometimes laughable bullshit excuses for their abysmal performances in the field. And each and every time, the judge goes along with what they claim, even as the courtroom spectators are doubled over with laughter.

O C D Sara
O C D Sara

Kill me, you sound full of ignorant hate. War oversea has nothing to do with this. Unless you are trying and wanting it to be a racial war. P.S. his girlfriend...MEXICAN barely speaks english. It's not as if they just showed up and shot a guy, they warned, tazed, peppered.. I do not consider it collateral damage, it is a situation that could have been resolved if the dumbass criminal listened to the warnings..the mom was afraid of her own kid..

O C D Sara
O C D Sara

this shooting WAS justified, he has not been charged with murder..however if his partner was also so fearful he shot him with a tazer then why is he NOW saying that the suspect/victim was no threat? I absolutley believe police should control situations..thats kind of why they are called out in the first place. If the suspect would have learned respect he should have complied with the officers and end of story. why call back up when cops are permitted to use any force ness. I am sure they should have just knocked on the door and said please leave..no..okay we are going to call a swat team..

BalderTFlagass
BalderTFlagass

It sounds like O C D Sara advocates this unjustified shooting as collateral damage to the remaining Phoenix population. Your argument is that as a police officer, sometimes you need to bust a cap into an accused perpatrator to prove your in control. If the situation was so dangerous, why not just back out, secure the scene, and bring on the big boys from the Special Assignment Unit?

pikgitar
pikgitar

@Jpflex66You are so wrong about everything you say. Do you really think that people are that stupid that we (citizens) can't figure out that there really are very few good cops anymore. Seems that this time there happened to be one that couldn't back what Chrisman did. We are sick and tired of hearing that crap about stress and fear of some perceived danger used after the fact to excuse some rogue pig who is irritated and goes off, loses control and murders an unarmed man. There are NO EXCUSES  and nobody should care how he (Chrisman) felt. If it was a non-cop who did the exact same thing that person would be arrested and charged with murder and the cops would make sure said perpetrator was vilified by the press releases from the cops. So maybe you should just stop the lying crap you are trying to spew and admit what most citizens are learning has become a reality in this country. THAT COPS KILL without cause or justification and they usually don't have to pay any consequences. Prison is where Officer Chrisman belongs and you know I am right about that.

pikgitar
pikgitar

@Onelikeme55 You are a psychopathic megalomaniac and even worse, you are a bigot and no doubt a racist. Get some mental health care, YOU NEED IT !

CYB3RWALK3R
CYB3RWALK3R

I wasn't aware of this trend LawDog, could you site your references so I can research this new trend...

Thank You in Advance...

CYB3RWALK3R
CYB3RWALK3R

How do you feel about a Police Officer who is killed after pulling over a killer??? This happens much more often than an isolated situation like this wouldn't you say??? You say we have right's, are you grouping yourself with criminal's or citizen's which last time I checked cop's were citizen's too... They do make it possible for you to not be in fear for your life at all time's because the murder rate is sky high like some of our boarder town's that the cartel's have ran local police out of... What if something happens to your mother or daughter, don't you know cop's find sicko's that hunt females to be raped and murdered, after nine year's this Chrisman could have saved one of your family members from a sicko rapist and now you are so quick to fed him to the pig's...... I think you should jump off the "cool" kid's band wagon and put thing's into prospective my friend, after all not everyone is like you...

pikgitar
pikgitar

@Twinturbo300zx95 Actually a jury will take the defendants word over a cops word but (BUT) you have to know how to build a case that can't be refuted. It's not easy but I did exactly that. I was charge with assaulting a cop, resisting arrest, and later, by the prosecutors, obstructing a public servant. There were at least 11 cops at my incident. It happened in my own home. Six cops testified at my trial and all them lied under oath and I proved it. I knew everything the cops and the prosecution would say and try to do to win. Prosecution took a year to finally let my case go to trial. I knew something and they knew it was something that gave me great confidence. The jury found me not guilty of all three charges in less than 1 minute. The jury told the judge the the cops should be charged with assault and battery on me. No one can refute time. That was the key to me being believed and the jury knew all the cops lied and they told them so after verdict.

pikgitar
pikgitar

@Dog Breed? Pit Bull? Doberman? Not one of your questions means anything. The real question is - If he was not a cop would he be treated the same way he's being treated now. That's what citizens are asking. From the details supposedly given by the other cop I would say that there's about a snowball's chance in hell that any of your questions are trial worthy. Example would be what matters isn't the breed of the dog but the demeanor of the dog boiled down to did the dog attack or threaten to attack? Daniel breaking items is also ridiculous considering what his "partner" says happened. Regarding ownership of the trailer doesn't matter except perhaps legality of allowing the cops entry, and actually the issue would be was the occupation of the trailer his expected domain of privacy, as if his mother was his landlady. Question: Only people of smaller stature can not be scary. How about a tiny martial arts master? And last but not least is whether or not Dan has a "rap sheet". Remember Dan doesn't have to testify. Truth is other than Dan's answering the question under oath the jury should never have that info to use in decision making of the incident of currency.


The only real question is - Was the arrest legal. I dare say NO given putting a gun to an unarmed man's head. YES, go figure, huh? Thinking like a cop doesn't mean you're right.

malasangre
malasangre

ah yes.  the old poor wittle po po stressed out by a barking dog etc.  think he will use that in defense?  thought so 

CYB3RWALK3R
CYB3RWALK3R

Emilio, Your post really brought my spirit's up man... After reading post after post about how F'd up da PO-LICE is,,, it sure is nice to here your response... The path of the righteous is a narrow path, and you my friend have pulled off from the congested freeway of today's, "Politically Correct" merging into a one lane highway by putting some real thought into the situation instead of just repeating what most "Victim's" have to say and I commend you for that... Your suggestion for the "the world owes me" crowd to not call the Police next time they are in need of help. This is a perfect example of the irony produced from an attitude against authority in the time of need, the sad part about this is that people won't see nor remember or want to remember the cause and effect of this lesson plus you know damn well Felisha is going to call the Po-Po the instant someone breaks into her car to steal's her 6x9's... Here is a quote to ponder, "The whole drift of our law is toward the absolute prohibition of all ideas that diverge in the slightest form from the accepted platitudes, and behind that drift of law there is a far more potent force of growing custom, and under that custom there is a natural philosophy which erects conformity into the noblest of virtues and the free functioning of personality into a capital crime against society." -H.L. Mencken

pikgitar
pikgitar

@Moflynn2007 Well said. I find refreshing and almost shocking Sergio did. He made me have to say Almost all instead of ALL. But the Blue Wall Brotherhood still holds extreme amounts of power over how much cops can get away with. Video cams are the cops real nemeses. Too bad there is no video of this incident. Perhaps a lot of the cops posting their comments here would see the crow feathers hanging from their mouths.

whatacrazyworld
whatacrazyworld

Who was he sweet to? Certainly not his mother who was so afraid she called the cops. This was not some poor kid that got pulled off the street. It was an individual committing a crime. And even after BOTH police officers tried to restrain him, and BOTH police officers deployed their tasers he still was uncooperative. I guess they should have at that point let him go?You are the one who is trigger-happy. Wanting to send a public servant away without hearing the whole story.

FormerRepublican
FormerRepublican

ps - the mother called 911 on her son, then called back and told them not to come. They sent a SWAT team anyway -- another needless tragedy in a quiet Scottsdale neighborhood. If you think it can't happen to you, think again.

malasangre
malasangre

he may go to the joint but wont ever be in general pop.  they have a special place to keep snitches and bitches and oh yeah pigs 

CYB3RWALK3R
CYB3RWALK3R

You miss-spelled Phoenix and you miss-spelled honky... If you are going to be a racist,,, LEARN TO SPELL FIRST, that way you don't look like a fool and a bigot...

Yo Daddy Biatch
Yo Daddy Biatch

Min is a chicano trapped in White Boy's body, please forgive him for the slur's, he's just trying to find his way...

Jn Brown
Jn Brown

i don't know.  he put the gun away once then pulled it again.  sounds like 1st degree. he realized it was wrong then proceeded anyway

malasangre
malasangre

for an outlaw you sound just like a punk 

Kill me if i'm wrong...?
Kill me if i'm wrong...?

yup, a swat team would probably be keen to take out the rest of the neighborhood - give it up sis, cops are too keen to take life and no amount of legislation is gonna let these killers' karma kut it klean - ain't there enuff wars we created overseas without having to cull our own citizens? God save us all from these natural borne killazPEACE

whatacrazyworld
whatacrazyworld

Back out? Secure the scene? Are you insane. Weren't they trying to secure the scene when they wrestled with him, sprayed him, tased him (both officers).

whatacrazyworld
whatacrazyworld

And criminals are too arrogant and stupid to respect the authority we place on cops, and force cops, in an extremely difficult situation, to make very tough decisions. Sometimes they may even be the wrong ones. But Danny is the one who escalated this, not the officers. Danny is the one who had the cops called in the first place, not the officers. What was the toughest decision you have had to make in a few moments time? This is ignorant hate-filled craziness.

malasangre
malasangre

 please explain the great cops beating shackled mental patients in jail. feel fre to tell us all how they were threatning the almighty pigs. well. go ahead.

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