Jury selection has begun for a former Phoenix police officer charged with murder and animal cruelty in the fatal shootings of an unarmed man and his dog during a domestic dispute call.
Authorities say then-Officer Richard Chrisman broke the law in his response to the 2010 call that ended with the death of 29-year-old Daniel Rodriguez at the south Phoenix trailer that Rodriguez shared with his mother.
Chrisman's partner told investigators that there was no threat being made against either officer.
Chrisman's attorney says the shooting was justified because Rodriguez reached for the officer's gun during a tussle that preceded the shooting.
Chrisman was fired five months after Rodriguez's death.
Jury selection began Monday. Attorneys are expected to make opening arguments Wednesday.
Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved.
BRADENTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - People are outraged after a Florida couple was caught having sex on a public beach Sunday afternoon in front of dozens of people including children. Bradenton Beach policeMore >
People are outraged after a Florida couple was caught having sex on a public beach Sunday afternoon in front of dozens of people including children.More >
Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:38 AM EDT2014-07-23 14:38:30 GMT
Tragedy has repeatedly touched the life of the mother of a 5-year-old girl shot to death in Leavenworth Friday night.More >
Tragedy has repeatedly touched the life of the mother of a 5-year-old girl shot to death in Leavenworth Friday night. And some wonder if more could have been done to protect the children of Christina Harris from violence.More >