Dashcam Captures Fatal Shooting

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 3:55pm

Man killed after pointing ice scraper at police.

Oklahoma police shot and killed alleged shoplifter Tuesday morning after he confronted officers with what appeared to be a gun.

The two Perry officers who shot the man soon discovered he was only pretending to shoot at them with an ice scraper.

Perry Police Chief Brian Thomas released dash-cam video of the shooting hours after the incident.

He says 30-year-old Brian Dollarhide stole an energy drink from a Perry convenience store, then led officers on a chase.

After finally stopping at a Wal-Mart parking lot, Thomas says Dollarhide can be seen getting out of his pickup and pretending to shoot at police with the ice scraper while charging toward them.

Sergeant Andrew Dudrey and officer Matt Smith fired eight rounds at Dollarhide.

Thomas calls this incident a "suicide by cop" and says his officers did what they were trained to do, regardless of what the suspect was holding.

"I feel for them," Thomas says. "I mean, I'm sure there's going to be some hard times knowing that they took a life. But then again, their life was in danger as well. At the time, they thought a gun was being shot at them."

Thomas says Dollarhide was living in North Carolina but was visiting family in Blackwell, Oklahoma after getting divorced.

The two officers are on paid administrative leave.

The Medical Examiner's office will decide if Dollarhide was under the influence during the shooting.

The Noble county District Attorney tells us the shooting was "completely justified" and does not expect charges to be filed following an investigation by the OSBI.

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