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Originally published Friday, February 18, 2011 at 6:34 AM

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Fatal Yakima police shooting ruled to be justified

Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Hagarty says a Yakima police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man who was stabbing another man.

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YAKIMA, Wash. —

Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Hagarty says a Yakima police officer was justified in fatally shooting a man who was stabbing another man.

Officer Joel Hansen fired Jan. 30 when the attacker, Yueri Acevedo Cisneros, refused to stop stabbing a victim on the ground.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports Hansen remains on paid leave, pending the police department's review, which is expected to follow Thursday's finding.

The stabbing victim, Julio Cesar Zamora-Cortes, was stabbed 159 times with a pocketknife and is recovering after surgery.

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Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic, http://www.yakimaherald.com

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