Mother of Reported Fatal Shooting Files Lawsuit Against City of Phoenix, Police Officer

An Arizona officer allegedly tasered a man, shot his dog and then killed the man.Arizona state residents have witnessed an uptick in the number of violent crimes over the past few decades, with handgun violence climbing in areas of the state. An incident that occurred earlier in the month involving police forces and the death of a young man has prompted the mother of the alleged victim to seek compensatory damages in relation to the event.

On August 31, the mother of a man who was reportedly fatally shot by a police officer filed suit against the city of Phoenix, according to a report from The Associated Press.

The mother of the slain man filed the lawsuit as a result of an incident that took place on October 5, 2010, according to reports. On that day, police officer Richard Chrisman is alleged to have fatally shot a Phoenix resident, Danny Frank Rodriguez, following a dispute at the alleged victim's home.

Rodriguez, who was 29 years old at the time of the fatal shooting, was reportedly killed after a series of events, initiated when Officer Chrisman allegedly put his gun to Rodriguez' head.

According to court records, Officer Chrisman pulled his pistol and placed it against the 29-year-old's head after an altercation erupted at Rodriguez' residence. Reports indicate Rodriguez told the officer he needed a warrant if he wished to enter his home.

Officer Chrisman reportedly rebuffed Rodriguez' assertion, telling him that he did not need a warrant. He is reported to have then shocked Rodriguez with a stun gun. After doing so, the officer is said to have shot and killed Rodriguez' pit pull before turning his gun on Rodriguez, fatally wounding him.

Chrisman is charged with second-degree murder, aggravated assault and animal cruelty according to The AP. For his part, the officer has pled not guilty. His trial is slated to begin in November of this year, according to reports.

Rodriguez' mother, Elvira Fernandez, is said to have filed a lawsuit against both the city of Phoenix and Officer Chrisman as a result of the October 5 incident. She reportedly filed the suit, which seeks unspecified damages, in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Reports indicate that Rodriguez was unarmed at the time of the alleged incident. His mother had originally been reported to have been seeking $29 million in damages, according to The AP.