Former Philadelphia police officer Mark Dial turned himself in on Friday morning and is now facing murder charges in the fatal shooting of Eddie Irizarry. Dial surrendered on a criminal warrant and is scheduled to be arraigned later today. The charges against Dial include murder, official oppression, and other counts, according to the district attorney.
The district attorney’s office released police bodycam footage of the incident, which showed Dial firing his weapon through the driver’s side window of Irizarry’s car during a vehicle stop on August 14. The video revealed that Dial shot Irizarry approximately seven seconds after exiting his police SUV and approaching the car. Six shots were fired. The footage was released after being reviewed by attorneys and Irizarry’s family.
Dial’s attorney, Fortunato N. Perri Jr., stated that a vigorous defense is planned and believes the shooting was justified. However, District Attorney Larry Krasner emphasized that the videos speak for themselves and are crucial evidence in the case.
Authorities initially claimed that the officers made a traffic stop and shot a person outside the vehicle after he “lunged at” police with a knife. However, a review of the officers’ body-worn cameras revealed that this was not the case, according to outgoing Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw.
Dial, who has been on the force for five years, was suspended with intent to dismiss after allegedly refusing to cooperate in the investigation of the killing.