A Mesa police officer who was charged with aggravated assault last week after shooting an unarmed man in December has been fired from the department.
The Mesa Police Department issued a written statement Monday evening announcing that Officer Nathan Chisler was fired from the department on Thursday — one day after Chisler completed his pre-deprivation hearing where the department recommended that he be terminated.
“After a comprehensive review of the December 2019 officer involved shooting and the professional standards investigation into the conduct of Officer Chisler, Chief Cost has decided to terminate Chisler’s employment with the Mesa Police Department,” the statement says.
Chisler is able to appeal the decision within 10 days of the date he was terminated.
Det. Nik Rasheta, a spokesman for the Mesa Police Department, said the department couldn’t release additional information due to the pending criminal case.
Chisler is accused of shooting Randy Sewell at Ojos Locos Sports Cantina on Alma School Road just south of U.S. 60 on Dec. 6 after responding to reports of drunk and disorderly customers, according to the Mesa Police Department.
Officials said in December that multiple male customers refused to leave the bar and that one of the men refused to identify himself or place his hands behind his back after officers repeatedly ordered him to do so. Police said officers used “different levels of force” to subdue him that included using a stun gun.
Police say officers were still trying to restrain Sewell when Chisler shot him. Sewell, who survived the shooting, was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest and some misdemeanors. His trial is scheduled for August.
Chisler is the first police officer to be criminally charged for a shooting in Arizona since Mesa police officer Philip “Mitch” Brailsford shot and killed Daniel Shaver, who was on his knees begging for his life in a Mesa hotel in 2016.
Brailsford was charged with second-degree murder but was later acquitted.
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