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Mesa police officer fired following on-duty shooting

PHOENIX — A Mesa police officer was fired after he was charged with aggravated assault for shooting an unarmed man during a disturbance call in December.

The Mesa Police Department issued a written statement Monday announcing Officer Nathan Chisler was fired from the department on Thursday, the Arizona Republic reported.

“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 said.

Chisler is able to appeal the decision within 10 days of the date he was terminated.

Chisler was accused of shooting a man at Ojos Locos Sports Cantina on Dec. 6 after responding to reports of intoxicated and disorderly customers, the department said. The man allegedly resisted attempts by officers to restrain him and was later charged with resisting arrest and assaulting an officer.

Chisler previously told investigators that he feared for his and fellow officers’ safety when he fired the shot.

Court records did not list an attorney for Chisler who could comment on his behalf.

A trial is scheduled for August.