SPOKANE, Wash. - Investigators with the Washington State Patrol identified the Spokane police officer who shot and killed a suspect early Tuesday morning on Spokane's lower South Hill as Officer Adam Valdez. Valdez is a six-year veteran of the department and was the only officer who fired at suspect Jacob Dorfman, 52. Officials have not said how many shots Valdez fired.
Dorfman was shot and killed in the Huckleberry's parking lot on the corner of 9th and Monroe after he led police on a short pursuit driving through yards and fences. An autopsy showed that the 52-year-old died from gunshot wounds. Washington State Patrol Trooper Troy Briggs said a weapon was recovered at the scene but it's unknown if Dorfman fired at officers.
The night began around 1:00am and just a few blocks away, at an apartment complex on 8th and Adams, where police first received about a call about shots fired. Dorfman's on-again, off-again girlfriend Mandi Quet said Dorfman was hanging out at her apartment when he suddenly started acting paranoid, walked out of her apartment, and fired at least one round into a fire extinguisher inside the building. Witnesses called 911 and police arrived within minutes. That's when Dorfman got into his Jeep and led police on the chase to the Huckleberry's parking lot.
In an interview one day ago, Quet admitted that Dorfman was dealing with emotional issues following the death of his mother, but she never thought he would hurt anyone, including himself.
"His intentions were not to hurt anybody," Quet said. "Never, at one time, did he say 'I'm going to kill myself' or 'I'm going to shoot everybody' or 'I'm going to shoot the cops."
But a newly-discovered Craigslist post paints a disturbing picture of what could have been Dorfman's state of mind hours before the deadly shooting. The post was titled "Goodbye cruel world" and was stumbled upon by a local man scouring the "Rants and Raves" section of Craigslist.
The post read, "I tried to live this life and ignore how cruel it can be. Though no matter it just seems useless. I bought a gun to shoot myself. But first I figured to kill someone else. What a shame to waste a life. I couldn't decide who really needed to die. Should I shoot a criminal? Or is it time for a good guy to go? Oh hell, I guess I'll just start shooting whoever happens to be in the way. Goodbye cruel world, goodbye, and when I'm down in the ground this sick world will keep going."
Briggs said investigators are now looking into this possible connection between the Craigslist post and Tuesday's shooting, including if Dorfman was the one who actually wrote the post.
In the meantime, officer Valdez in on paid leave per police protocol.
KHQ found Officer Adam Valdez is no stranger to danger. After a search in the archives, KHQ found Valdez helped catch a criminal who robbed a Hillyard convenience store at knife-point in June 2011. According to a press release sent out by Spokane Police Spokesperson Jennifer DeRuwe, Valdez was nominated for the City Employee of the Month in 2008 and received a commendation for successfully talking a subject out of jumping off a balcony and ultimately prevented the subject from committing suicide in 2010. Then last year, DeRuwe continued, Valdez received another commendation for helping to ensure the safe return of a missing 10 year old girl to her home.
On June 11th, 2011, at 11:04 pm, Spokane Police Officers responded to an Armed Robbery of the M&K Market at Wellesley and Market. Witnesses observed the suspect in the E. 3000 Block of Heroy. A SPD Police K-9 also tracked the suspect to this location but he was not located at the time. The K-9 gave a strong indication around an abandoned garage in this block. Officer Rob Boothe took a report from the victim and obtained a suspect description. The suspect was described as a white male wearing a camouflage top, gloves, mask, and was armed with a knife. On June 13th, 2011, at 1:14 am, Spokane Police Officer Adam Valdez was patrolling this same area of E. 3000 Heroy and saw a subject digging through the trash. He noticed that this person matched the general physical characteristics as the robbery suspect and stopped him. This person made statements about being in the abandoned garage earlier. Upon entering this garage, officers discovered clothing worn by the Robbery suspect on the floor. Also inside the garage was this subject's wallet lying next to a baggie of Methamphetamine. Officer Valdez then located a black nylon bag hidden underneath a tree trunk behind the garage. Inside this bag were the mask, gloves, and knife used in the Robbery. Officers Valdez and Boothe developed enough evidence to charge the subject, Garry L. George, a 42 year old transient, with 1st Degree Robbery and Possession of a Controlled Substance- Methamphetamine. This is an excellent example of how follow-up police work resulted in the arrest of an outstanding Armed Robbery suspect, taking him off of the streets of Spokane. End
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