In 2012, none of our local police departments in the Tri-Cities had to fire their weapons.
The year before, Pasco Police fired a gun twice in one incident. Richland Police fired 23 rounds in one instance -- in which police killed a man who pointed a gun at them.
"It's unfortunate, but nationwide - the threats to other people's lives, to police officers' lives occur with all-too regular of a frequency. And so -- officers do have to use lethal force," said Richland Police Captain Mike Cobb.
That lethal force is only used when police determine there is imminent danger.