SPD officer justified in deadly S. Spokane shooting

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 5:41 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Prosecutors released the findings in the deadly officer involved shooting in February near Huckleberries on the South Hill.

The prosecutor’s findings said Officer Adam Valdez, a 6-year veteran, was justified in shooting Jacob Dorfman.

In the prosecutor’s report, Dorfman had taken both meth and oxycodone. He had not slept in 5 days and had just been released from jail.

Officers 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 along Monroe.

The prosecutor’s report said Valdez shot Dorfman 5 times in the torso after officers told him multiple times to drop his gun.  He died at the scene near 8th and Adams.

The prosecutor’s report said Valdez had probable cause to believe that Dorman posed a threat of serious physical harm. The report also found Valdez did not act out of malice or evil intent.

Valdez was placed on paid time off during the investigation.

Valdez was also involved in another deadly shooting back in May in North Spokane.

 

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