While Seattle fumes over King County prosecutor Dan Satterberg's decision to not file charges against Ian Birk for his borderline criminally itchy trigger finger, Yakima is dealing with its own case of a prosecutor not charging a cop who shot a knife-wielding man. The difference? The Yakima police officer saved a man's life when he let two bullets fly.
[Officer Joel] Hansen was the first officer to respond to a fight between the suspect, Yueri Acevedo Cisneros, and the stabbing victim, Julio Cesar Zamora-Cortes, 21, on the morning of Jan. 30. Zamora-Cortes was on the ground, with Acevedo Cisneros sitting on his back. The incident occurred in the 1100 block of South Fourth Avenue.
Hansen saw Acevedo Cisneros repeatedly stabbing Zamora-Cortes and ordered him to stop, authorities said.
Acevedo Cisneros briefly looked at Hansen and then resumed stabbing the victim, prompting the officer to fire two rounds.
Acevedo Cisneros fell off the victim but kept clutching the knife, which Hansen kicked away before handcuffing him, investigators said.
And "repeatedly stabbing" is actually understating it: Zamora-Cortes suffered 159 (!) stab wounds in the attack. He survived, however, and is recovering in the hospital.
Yakima County prosecutor Jim Hagarty (pictured) watched dash-cam video of the incident and heard witness testimony before deciding that Hansen did the right thing.