Fired Philadelphia cop Mark Dial charged with murder for shooting Eddie Irizarry FIVE SECONDS after stopping him for ‘erratic driving’
- Mark Dial shot and killed motorist Eddi Irizarry in Philadelphia on August 14
- He was fired a week later and now faces numerous charges, including murder.
- Footage shows Dial shooting Irizarry through driver’s side window
Former Philadelphia police officer Mark Dial was charged with murder for killing a 27-year-old driver last month after surveillance footage showed him shooting him through his car window.
Mark Dial shot motorist Eddie Irizarry through his car window in North Philadelphia on August 14, just five seconds after he got out of his patrol car.
Dial, who was fired a week later, was charged with murder, voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, simple assault, inadvertent endangerment and official oppression, the prosecutor said .
He turned himself in to police earlier on Friday.
Police initially said Irizarry was “driving erratically” before getting out of his car with a knife and lunging at officers.
Philadelphia police officer Mark Dial fatally shot Eddie Irizarry, 27, in August.
Irizarry was shot through his car window in North Philadelphia on Aug. 14 by Dial, just five seconds after getting out of his patrol vehicle, according to newly released footage.
But Shaka Johnson, the attorney representing Irizarry’s family, played surveillance footage from a nearby home to counter the police account at an Aug. 23 news conference.
In the surveillance video, taken almost in front of the scene, Dial can be heard yelling “I’m going to shoot you” at Irizarry before opening fire at point-blank range through the driver’s side window.
He is then seen shooting through the windshield again as he runs backwards and circles around the car.
“Gunshots, gunshots,” one of the officers said over the police radio.
Irizarry was shot six times and could be seen in the video writhing in pain.
The officers removed Irizarry’s body from the driver’s seat and carried him, by his arms and one of his legs, to their police van.
Johnson said he and the victim’s family went back to the block where the shooting happened looking for footage themselves.
He said the story told by police was “an intentional deception of the public,” adding that he intends to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Dial and the City of Philadelphia on behalf of the family.
“In my opinion,” Johnson said, “this is a crime against humanity, to be perfectly honest.”
The police department changed its story of the shooting the day after the surveillance video was released, and Dial was suspended for 30 days, then fired for insubordination.
Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said Dial was not cooperating with the investigation into the shooting and refused to obey orders from a superior.
Body camera footage of the incident will be released within two weeks, District Attorney Larry Krasner said. Irizarry’s family has already viewed the images, according to his lawyer.
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney previously called the death a “tragedy.”
“It is certainly a tragedy and my heart breaks for the family and for the loss of Mr. Irizarry,” Kenney told reporters.
Adding “the investigation will bring out whatever it reveals, and we will move on.”
This is a developing story