PHOENIX -- A defense lawyer says a Phoenix police officer has been indicted on a second-degree murder charge for the on-duty shooting of a suspect.
Attorney Craig Mehrens says officer Richard Chrisman was served a summons on Thursday on the indictment. He was also charged with aggravated assault and misdemeanor cruelty to animals.
Chrisman allegedly pulled his pistol, put it against 29-year-old Danny Frank Rodriguez's head and told him he didn't need a warrant when Rodriguez ordered him out of his house on Oct. 5. Over the next few minutes, authorities say, Chrisman shocked Rodriguez with a stun gun, shot his pit bull, then finally fatally shot Rodriguez.
Court records show another officer told investigators he saw no reason for Chrisman to shoot.
Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley has called a press conference to discuss the case.