Tacoma police on Friday released the name of the off-duty officer who shot and killed a robbery suspect last week.
The officer, Dwain Dakarai, 59, has 29 years of law enforcement experience, 23 of it with Tacoma police, the department said in a news release.
According to police, Dakarai was off-duty when he saw a woman being robbed of her cell phone Aug. 5. He followed the robber in his personal vehicle and drew his gun when the suspect, Jason Galaviz, pointed a gun at two other men who’d tried to stop him, police said.
Dakarai identified himself as a police officer and told Galaviz, 40, several times to drop his weapon, police said. Dakarai fired once at Galaviz when he refused to comply with the officer’s demands, hitting him.
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The wounded man jumped into a pickup and drove a short distance before hitting a street sign and stopping. He later was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Dakarai remains on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.