PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has denied clemency for a former Phoenix police officer convicted in a fatal on-duty shooting in 2010.
The Arizona Board of Executive Clemency recommended in December that the governor reduce Richard Chrisman’s sentence to time served.
Ducey sent a one-page letter to the board Tuesday with his decision.
Chrisman was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2013 after being convicted of manslaughter and aggravated assault in the death of 29-year-old Daniel Rodriguez.
The officer was responding to a domestic violence call at a south Phoenix trailer.
Rodriguez’s mother had called police, believing her son was violent at the time and possibly damaging her property.
Chrisman shot Rodriguez’s dog, claiming it was a threat.
Authorities say he also claimed Rodriguez, who was unarmed, lunged at him.
Information from: Arizona Capitol Times, http://www.arizonacapitoltimes.com