Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting identified



Posted on February 5, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 1:39 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- One person died as the result of an officer involved shooting in Spokane.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner identified the man killed as Jacob I. Dorfman. An autopsy showed that the 52-year-old died from gunshot wounds.

Officers heard a call for shots fired around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday near 8th and Adams.

Police arrived to see a man run from the scene. They pursued Dorfman on foot until he hopped into a vehicle. The man led officers on a short pursuit as he drove through yards and fences. The chase ended after about 5 minutes in the Huckleberry’s at 9th and Monroe.

The details surrounding the shooting remain unclear. Witnesses told KREM 2 News that they saw Spokane officers stop Dorfman with their car using a PIT maneuver.  They reportedly heard close to a dozen shots fired right after. The suspect died on scene. Officers recovered the Dorfman's handgun at the scene.

"This is happening too much, both in our community and the nation.  And I want to point out the bravery of our officers who didn't hesitate to take action responding to a call where somebody had fired a weapon.  It's an unfortunate result, but this is what happens in our business,” said Police Chief Frank Straub.

None of the officers involved were injured.

Several officers will be on standard paid time off while the Washington State Patrol conducts an investigation into the shooting.

Grant County court documents showed that Dorfman served time from January 12th, 2006 to November 2nd, 2010. A judge sentenced Dorfman for burglar and assault. Court documents showed that he served his sentence in Shelton, Clallam Bay, and Walla Walla.

Dorfman’s criminal record dates back to a burglary charge in 2001 according to records from the Washington State Department of Corrections.