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Man shot by police recently released from jail

By Jeff Humphrey, KXLY4 Reporter , jeffhu@kxly.com
Published On: Feb 06 2013 02:28:46 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 07 2013 02:57:31 PM CST
Jacob Dorfman
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A man shot and killed by a Spokane police officer early Tuesday morning had just been released from jail and was scheduled to appear in court later in the day.

Someone posted a $15,000 bond for Jacob Dorfman on February 1 and he was released the next day.

Dorfman's most recent arrest stemmed from an attempted shoplifting at the General Store. Police say on Jan. 19 Dorfman was acting as a getaway driver for someone trying to steal knives and a holster from the sporting goods store on North Division.

When officers tried to stop Dorfman he sped out of the parking lot and led police on a high speed pursuit. When Officer Tim Moses caught Dorfman he searched the suspect and found baggies of methamphetamine and heroin.

Dorfman was booked on drug and eluding charges and five other outstanding warrants including trafficking in stolen property.

When he appeared before a Superior Court judge he told his attorney he was too sick to sign his legal paperwork because he was going through drug withdrawals. The court set his bail at $15,000 and he remained behind bars until someone paid the bonding company a non-refundable $1,500 to gain his release.

Dorfman was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning but instead led police on a high speed chase on the lower South Hill. He had been firing a gun outside his Adams Street apartment but fled when police arrived on scene.

After officers pinned Dorfman's Jeep Grand Cherokee against the Ace Hardware building near 10th and Monroe, Dorfman allegedly pointed a gun at police and was shot. He died at the scene.

When he failed to show up in court Tuesday morning, not knowing he had been killed earlier, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

In addition to Dorfman's most recent arrest for eluding officers and drug possession, he had a string of convictions out of Grant County in the mid-2000s for violent crimes including assault assault, domestic violence, eluding police officers -- a charge similar to the one he has been facing for the General Store robbery attempt -- and assaulting a law enforcement officer, a situation he faced again early Tuesday morning when his attempt to elude officers ended with him pointing a gun at police, who responded by opening fire on him.

Dorfman's shooting has prompted an officer safety alert. A friend of Dorfman has vowed to shoot it out with police because they killed someone he considered his "street dad."

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