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.
Yakima County Prosecutor Jim Hagarty will decide whether the shooting was justified.