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Sheriff's Deputies demonstrate how dangerous knife-wielding suspects can be

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VIDEO>> To watch a video demonstration of how quickly a suspect can close a distance between the officer and suspect, scroll down to below the comment section.

SPOKANE, Wash. - Following last week's fatal police-involved shooting, KHQ has received many questions from viewers concerning why Jason Poss was shot by police when he was armed with a knife and not a gun.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office says they try to get deputies into training as often as possible and add they are constantly updating their training to include real world scenarios deputies are facing on the streets. One thing is for certain, say sheriff's deputies, injuries from suspects wielding knives are on the rise.

Deputies train in a special facility using rubber knives and guns to simulate many different aspects of officer safety. Deputies say a basic rule of thumb is any armed person within a 21' radius of the officer can hurt the officer before the officer has a chance to unholster their weapon.

Officer's say increasing the distance between a deputy and a suspect can increase  the officer's chances of a better defense.

For a better idea of what this all means and to see an example of this 'defensible space,' watch KHQ Local News Reporter Tom Durian attempt to defend himself from an 'attacker' from various distances. (Below)

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