Perry police video shows man mime gunshots before officers kill him

Brian Dollarhide, 30, of Hickory, N.C., pretended to fire gunshots at Perry police officers moments before they fatally shot him early Tuesday.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Modified: March 2, 2011 at 9:16 pm •  Published: March 2, 2011

Editor's note: The video embedded above contains graphic content of a man being shot.

— Police sirens were still blaring early Tuesday when Brian Dollarhide exploded out of his white Ford pickup, set his legs in a wide stance and made shooting motions as he held a black object.

The object was an ice scraper, but two Perry police officers didn't know that when they fired eight shots at Dollarhide and killed him after a chase and shoplifting incident at a convenience store, Police Chief Brian Thomas said.

Perry officials released a dashboard camera video of the chase and shooting, which shows police following Dollarhide, 30, of Hickory, N.C., through the streets of Perry about 5:45 a.m. Tuesday before he pulled into a Walmart parking lot. What followed is what Thomas described as “suicide by cop.”

Police Sgt. Andrew Dudrey and officer Matt Smith remain on paid administrative leave pending investigation of the incident, he said.

Thomas will convene an advisory board to review the incident and determine whether department policies were followed.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has taken over the criminal investigation into the incident, spokeswoman Jessica Brown confirmed.

Dollarhide, who has relatives in Blackwell, shoplifted an energy drink from a convenience store shortly before the chase began, Thomas said.

Perry police Capt. Jim McIlvain said Dollarhide had a North Carolina driver's license and license plate. McIlvain said Dollarhide and his wife were separating, and Dollarhide came to Oklahoma to visit family.

CONTRIBUTING: McCLATCHY-TRIBUNE INFORMATION SERVICES


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