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Man Shot and Killed by Kennewick Police

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Kennewick Police said the man that was shot and killed by a Kennewick Officer had an extensive criminal history.

There was a special press conference Sunday afternoon to discuss the events that unfolded at 916 West Kennewick Avenue the day before.

Kennewick Chief Ken Hohenberg said 24-year-old Marlon St. Mark German was pronounced dead at Our Lady of Lourdes in Pasco Saturday night.

Police said he was shot once in the head.

Benton County Coroner Rick Corson said it appeared that German died as a result of the shooting but an official announcement will be made after an autopsy is done and toxicology results come back with in the next few weeks.

Police were called to 916 West Kennewick Avenue Sunday afternoon for a welfare check.  Police said when they arrived a friend of the victim told police 31-year-old Abigail Alongi was being assaulted in the back room of the house.

Police said they entered the room and German was on top of the victim, cutting her with a knife. Authorities said everything unfolded in less than a minute from the time officers entered the bedroom until the bullet was fired.

Police said they used pepper spray and physical restraints on German but feared he was going to fatally stab Alongi.

Police said Alongi was treated for stab wounds in the neck and abdomen.

German had court orders to stay away from Alongi.  He was arrested early Saturday morning for harassing her over the phone.  Police said his has a history of domestic violence, drug offenses and burglary convictions. 

Chief Hohenberg said the officers needed to use lethal force for fear the German was going to kill Alongi with the knife.

Benton County Sheriff's are working on the criminal investigation.  Kennewick Police are conducting their own internal investigation, which is standard procedure when lethal force is used. The two officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave.