KENNEWICK, Wash.- Kennewick Police say the officer who shot and killed a domestic violence suspect Saturday did exactly as he was trained to do.
An officer killed 24-year-old Marlon German as he reportedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend.
Police say in these types of split second situations an officer's training quickly takes over because there often isn't much time to think.
"Police officers are trained to shoot to stop the threat. And in this particular situation this, the subject was actually pushing the knife into the victim, and so, the only way to stop the threat is to make sure that you hit a part of the target that is going to stop the threat," said Kennewick Police Chief Ken Hohenburg.
Police go through hundreds, sometimes thousands of hours of training.
Just a few weeks ago, Kennewick officers underwent simulated training of the same sort of situations they ran into Saturday.