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JUST ASK SHANE: Do Police Officers have a "Shoot to Kill" Policy?

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KENNEWICK, WA - I got a chance to sit down with Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenberg last week, and ask him some of the questions viewers like you have been sending to us in the wake of the three officer-involved shootings we've seen in the Tri-Cities this summer.  Lucy sent me an email asking, "Do local police operate under a shoot to kill policy?"

Lucy, I asked Chief Hohenberg that question, and his quick answer was "no".  Chief Hohenberg told me that officers are trained to stop the threat.  He says Kennewick Police officers have several tools at their disposal when they respond to a call, including non-lethal options like tasers, pepper spray, and shotguns that shoot beanbags.  But Hohenberg says his officers are trained to make lightning-fast decisions to diffuse dangerous situations.

"No police officer wants to take a human life.  Nobody comes into this job because they want to shoot somebody.  Our officers are trained to stop the threat.  Some situations an officer may fire one round. Some situations an officer may fire multiple rounds. But they are trained to stop the threat," Chief Hohenberg said.

Hohenberg also told me that the number one weapon used in homicides in the U.S. is a handgun.  A knife ranks second on that list.

Remember, if you've got a question about something going on in our community... send it my way.  You can reach me in the newsroom at (509) 737-6738, or send me an email at JustAskShane@nbcrightnow.com
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