In reference to Ms. Morasch and Mr. Boumgarten's recent letters about a suspect with a knife: The officers involved in this incident did do as they were trained. You would be amazed at the amount of damage a simple steak knife can do. Being stabbed is the least concern. A simple puncture wound is probably the easiest to treat. But a slashing style wound can cause permanent damage if tendons and ligaments are cut. What happens if the suspect cuts the tendons in your arm rendering it useless? Then escapes your grasp and kills a neighbor because you can do nothing? Your career just ended with a permanent disability and an innocent person is dead.
No, the officers involved did the right thing. It's not their responsibility to correct a lifetime of untreated mental illness in a brief, hostile and potentially life-threatening contact.
Plus, the number one rule in law enforcement is to go home at the end of shift.
ED KENNELLY, Richland