Man shot by police had overwhelming personal issues, ex-girlfriend says


by & Hayley Guenthner

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 7:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 1:39 AM

SPOKANE -- The man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting on Spokane’s lower South Hill early Tuesday had a lengthy criminal history, including 3rd Degree Assault on a Police Officer.

Those who loved 52-year-old Jacob Dorfman said he was going an overwhelming amount of personal issues that all came to a head.

“ I think that at that moment, something in his brain just snapped. His mom had just died. I think that is what was behind it all,” said Mandy Jonquet, who describes herself as Dorfman’s recent ex-girlfriend..

Friends said Dorfman has been acting paranoid and exhausted, and that his eyes were glazed over.

Jonquet said she had been visiting with Dorfman at an apartment the night of the shooting. She said as he left with a friend, Dorfman suddenly shot out a fire extinguisher. Dorfman was hit with something -- either debris or the ricocheted bullet.

“I could tell by the sound of his voice when he was screaming for me to come help him that something was wrong,” Jonquet said.

Mandy said Jacob ran outside and fired his gun again in the area. Within minutes, police were on scene and a chase began.

Dorfman ran through nearby yards. The chase ended when he was shot by police.

“I can hope that the police department did what they thought was necessary to keep everybody else safe. But knowing Jacob, I know he would not have tried to hurt anybody,” Jonquet said.

Friends said Jacob is survived by two kids, three step-children and one grandchild.