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Wash. police release video of fatal OIS of knife-wielding man

The prosecutor’s office ruled the shooting justified in April

By PoliceOne Staff

SPOKANE, Wash. — Police released body camera footage Wednesday showing the Jan. 5 pursuit and fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man. 

Officer Mark Zimmerman approached Dexter M. Dumarce in January because of his suspicious behavior, The Spokesman-Review reported. Initially, Dumarce gave a false name and birthday before telling Zimmerman he had a felony probation violation warrant. Police said Dumarce then drew a knife and fled.

Footage shows a slippery pursuit through icy streets and multiple officers, including Zimmerman, yelled at Dumarce to drop the knife. When Dumarce ignored commands, officers attempted to TASER him, but it did not stop him.

Dumarce is seen walking toward multiple cars with civilians inside stopped at a red light before breaking into a run toward them. Shots are fired, and Dumarce falls to the ground. Video then shows officers handcuffing Dumarce and rendering aid. He died later from his injuries. Zimmerman injured his left hand and wrist after falling on the ice and was treated at a local hospital. 

Lt. Steve Wohl told the publication that “both officers’ and citizens’ lives were in danger.” The prosecutor’s office found the shooting justified in April.

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