Mark Dial Photo: List of charges against Philadelphia police officer Mark Dial

Mark Dial
Mark Dial

Former Philadelphia police officer Mark Dial has been charged with murder for killing a 27-year-old driver last month after surveillance footage showed him shooting him through his car window.

The full list of charges against Mark Dial includes

  • Murder
  • Voluntary manslaughter
  • Aggravated assault
  • Simple assault
  • Reckless endangering another person
  • Official oppression

He turned himself in to police earlier on Friday, with his lawyer claiming Mark Dial believed he was in danger when he fired.

Officers said the shooting happened after Irizarry was seen driving erratically near B and Erie streets in the city’s Kensington section.

The officers followed the vehicle, a Toyota, as it turned on Westmoreland Street, then left onto Lee Street, and finally left onto Willard Street.

Officials say at that point, the Toyota continued the wrong way down East Willard Street, which is a one-way.

A security camera video released by Irizarry’s family shows him pulling his vehicle over on East Willard Street.

He stops for a moment, then briefly backs up. His car stops again and remains stopped as a Philadelphia police SUV arrives and pulls up alongside him.

The police vehicle does not appear to have its flashing lights on. No siren can be heard in the video.

Two officers get out of the SUV, both with guns drawn, and one shouts “Show me your hands” and “He’s got a f—— knife.”

Shouts of “Don’t move” and “I’ll f—— shoot you” are heard just as Dial runs up to Irizarry’s closed car window.

Dial then fires five shots at point-blank range, then runs past the front of the car while firing a sixth time.

Irizarry’s aunt, Zoraida Garcia, previously told Action News that her nephew was schizophrenic.

On the day of the shooting, police officials said Irizarry was outside the car when he was killed after lunging at police with a knife. Two days later, the department acknowledged Irizarry was fatally shot while inside his car.

A criminal investigation is being conducted by the district attorney’s office.

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