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Prosecutor: Fatal shooting by off-duty Tacoma police officer justified

An off-duty Tacoma police officer was justified when he fatally shot a robbery suspect who’d pointed a gun at him and others, Pierce County authorities have determined.

Prosecutor Mark Lindquist issued the decision Wednesday in the shooting of Jason Dion Galaviz by Dwain Dakarai.

“Though off duty, officer Dakarai acted to protect a young woman who was being robbed,” Lindquist said in a news release. “His actions were proper to protect her and other citizens.”

The incident occurred Aug. 5.

Dakarai and his wife were driving on South Tacoma Way when they saw a man, later identified as Galaviz, throw a young woman to the ground and steal her cellphone, authorities said.

Three people nearby saw what happened and chased Galaviz to his truck.

Dakarai, who yelled out the window that he was a cop and for the 40-year-old Galaviz to stop, got out of his vehicle and gave chase as well, the Prosecutor’s Office reported.

At one point, witnesses said, Galaviz grabbed a pistol from his truck and pointed it at the three people who’d chased him initially and then at Dakarai.

The officer drew his personal firearm, pointed it at Galaviz and ordered him to drop his gun.

Galaviz did not comply, and Dakarai, fearing for his life and and the safety of those around him, fired one shot, which hit Galaviz in the chest, mortally wounding him.

Medical examiners reported that Galaviz had methamphetamine, oxycodone, marijuana and prescription drugs in his system at the time of this death.

The shooting was investigated by the Medical Examiner’s Office, Tacoma Police Department and the Prosecutor’s Office.

Dakarai retired in November.

Adam Lynn: 253-597-8644, @TNTAdam

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