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Body cam footage released in January police shooting

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Police Department released body camera footage taken during a fatal officer-involved shooting in January.

On January 15, SPD Officer Mark Zimmerman contacted 33-year-old Dexter Dumarce in the area of 9th and Adams. In a press conference later that day, Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl would describe the area as a “hotspot” for property crime.

Zimmerman asked Dumarce why he was out in the cold so late at night.  Dumarce responded that he was going to the Zip Trip to get milk, for a friend who was letting Dumarce crash on his couch.

When Zimmerman asked for Dumarce's identity, he gave a fake name -Randy Colvin- and birth date. He told the officer that he was 30 years old- which did not match the birth date given. 

Zimmerman asked him about the discrepancy, and Dumarce admitted he had a felony warrant out for his arrest. When Zimmerman asked him to turn around, Dumarce pulled put a knife and begins to run away.

Zimmerman followed Dumarce, asking him to drop the knife and attempting to tase him. The Tazer had no effect. Zimmerman continued to chase Dumarce, and called for backup. Another officer attempted to tase Dumarce but, again, the shock had no effect.

As Dumarce and officers in pursuit near 5th and Walnut, body camera footage shows more officers waiting at the intersection, as well as several drivers in cars waiting at the stoplight.

The camera footage shows Dumarce making a sudden movement towards those cars, at which point Corporal Ryan Jamieson fired his weapon four times.

Officers and medics attempted life-saving measures on Dumarce, but he was declared dead on scene.

In April, the Spokane County Prosecutor's Office announced it would not criminally charge Jamieson, saying that there was “no indication that Cpl. Jamieson acted out of malice or lacked a good faith belief in the correctness of his actions.”

They also noted the “multiple prior police commands and several attempts with less-than-lethal force” that officers on scene made in the minutes before the shooting.