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Kennewick Police shoot at firing range

KENNEWICK, Wash. - Firing M-16's is not a common practice for Kennewick Police but today preparation is everything.

Officers were out at the range this morning.  In two weeks they will take an annual shooting test. 

They practice different mock situations, such as getting their heart rate going and then firing shooting from the patrol car and also firing when it is dark outside.

Police said they need to be ready for anything.

Kennewick Police Sgt. Brian Swartswalter said, "It's important if the officer ever gets into a situation where he has to defend his won life or the life of another person, that they are very familiar with the weapon they might have to use."

Today's firing session was run by one of the Kennewick firearms instructors.  They were also practicing loading and unloading the guns.