February 7, 2013

Officer identified in fatal South Hill shooting

By The Spokesman-Review

Adam Valdez
(Full-size photo)

Investigators today identified the Spokane police officer who shot and killed a man early Tuesday following a confrontation on Spokane’s South Hill.

Adam Valdez, a six-year veteran of the Spokane Police Department, shot Jacob Dorfman, 52, said Washington State Patrol spokesman Trooper Troy Briggs.

Valdez is on graveyard patrol.

Briggs said he didn’t have further details and the investigation into the shooting is continuing.

Witnesses called police Tuesday about 1:20 a.m. when they saw Dorfman allegedly firing his gun in the intersection Adams Street and Eighth Avenue. When officers responded, Dorfman fled in a Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Officers cornered Dorfman just north of Huckleberry’s Natural Market at Ninth Avenue and Monroe Street, where Valdez shot him.

Investigators are looking into whether Dorfman, who was released from the Spokane County Jail Monday after someone posted $15,000 bond, authored a Craigslist post Monday evening outlining plans to kill people at random.

The WSP is leading the multi-agency investigation.

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