“Philadelphia Police Officer Mark Dial Identified as Shooter of Eddie Irizarry”

By | August 17, 2023

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Mark Dial, a five-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police force, has been identified as the officer who shot and killed Eddie Irizarry. The incident occurred when Dial and his partner encountered Irizarry, who was driving erratically. After following Irizarry and parking their cruiser, Dial shot into the car multiple times, striking Irizarry. The initial account of the shooting, which suggested Irizarry had lunged at the officers with a knife, was later revised after body camera footage review. Dial has been placed on restricted duty pending an internal investigation. The District Attorney’s Office is also conducting its own investigation. shooting-eric-dial-eddie-irizarry-20230817.html” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Ellie Rushing,Ryan W. Briggs reported

The individual responsible for the fatal shooting of Eddie Irizarry, a 27-year-old man in North Philadelphia, has been identified as Mark Dial, a five-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police force. This information comes from three law enforcement sources familiar with the ongoing investigation. Dial, alongside an unidentified partner, was on patrol in the 24th Police District at approximately 12:30 p.m. on Monday when they encountered Irizarry, who was reportedly driving recklessly near B and Westmoreland Streets. The officers followed Irizarry’s gold Toyota Corolla for a short distance until he parked his vehicle in the wrong direction on East Willard Street. Upon parking, both officers exited their marked police cruiser. Dial’s partner approached the passenger side of Irizarry’s car, while Dial himself approached from the driver’s side. It was at this point that Dial’s partner shouted that Irizarry was in possession of a weapon. Subsequently, Dial fired multiple shots into the car, hitting Irizarry several times while he remained seated in the front seat. The incident was immediately reported over police radio, and Irizarry was subsequently dragged out of the car by the officers and transported to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Following the shooting, two knives—a kitchen-style knife and a folded serrated blade—were found inside Irizarry’s car. However, the Police Commissioner, Danielle Outlaw, has not confirmed whether Irizarry was holding a knife at the time of the shooting or whether Dial ordered him to drop the weapon before opening fire. The initial account of the incident, which claimed that Irizarry had exited his car with a knife and lunged at the officers, was later revised based on a review of the body-worn camera footage, revealing that Irizarry was shot while still seated in his car and did not lunge with a knife. Dial, who previously served in the 19th District in West Philadelphia, has been placed on restricted duty pending the conclusion of an internal investigation. The District Attorney’s Office is also conducting its own inquiry into the incident. Attempts to contact Dial have been unsuccessful, and the Police Department and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 have declined to comment on the matter. Dial has yet to be interviewed, as it is standard protocol for officers involved in shootings to have 72 hours to secure legal representation before being questioned. This is an ongoing news story, and further updates will be provided..