Yakima police say their initial review of an officer's fatal shooting show it was justified to save the life of a stabbing victim.
Lt. Mike Merryman said Monday the officer shot the 27-year-old attacker, Yeuri Acevedo Cisneros, when he refused to stop stabbing a 21-year-old man Sunday morning in a duplex parking lot.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the victim, Julio Cesar Zamora-Cortes, was stabbed 159 times with a pocketknife. He is expected to recover, after heart surgery and treatment for wounds to his upper body and neck.
Officer Joel Hansen fired two shots when Cisneros refused commands to stop.
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Yakima County Prosecutor Jim Hagarty will decide whether the shooting was justified.