Unarmed Father of Two Was Killed By Police
Laney Sweet is still talking about her husband in the present tense.
“He’s really funny, he’s really laid back,” she says. “He’s always the person to try and diffuse a situation, keep the peace.”
She says it’s nearly impossible to wrap her head around the notion that 26-year-old Daniel Shaver of Granbury, the father of her girls, is gone. He was shot and killed by a police officer Monday night at a La Quinta Inn in Mesa, Arizona, where he was staying for work.
“That’s what I keep saying,” Sweet says. “This is not my life, this is not my life. I’m 24. My husband’s gone. I’ve got two kids.”
Mesa police say Monday night, they were called to the hotel after people in the pool reported seeing a man on the fifth floor, pointing a rifle out of the window.
“They’re just really long guns,” Sweet says, telling us Shaver had pellet rifles with him for his pest control job.
Police say when they went to Shaver’s hotel room to investigate, he and another person came out, but then Shaver kept concealing his hands behind him, despite orders not to. Police say one of the officers felt threatened and shot Shaver. The officer had been with the department for two-and-a-half years, and is currently reassigned during the investigation.
Police say Shaver turned out to be unarmed. The pellet guns were found in the room.
“I just feel like there’s no reason possibly that could be justified for shooting him multiple times, and him dying in a hallway unarmed,” Sweet says.
There is video of the incident, police say, but it won’t be released yet. Sweet wants to know what it shows, why they didn’t use a Taser on him first, and what witnesses saw.
Fear for life is a common excuse for cops to kill and escape punishment. The uncomfortable feeling of fear has turned into comfortable loophole in law. That’s not right. It makes officers think that in every dangerous situation they may shoot and kill. “No human – no problem” principle is absolutely not appropriate for policing. Shooting while on duty should be limited by the law. Cops should value not only their lives.
The message below is taken from Sweet’s GoFundMe page: