ESXi esxcli Error: Unknown command or namespace vm process kill –t=soft –w=67909

I’m running ESXi 6.5 embedded host client. When i ssh into the system I can run esxcli vm process list and get the expected output:

   World ID: 67909
   Process ID: 0
   VMX Cartel ID: 67908
   UUID: someuuid
   Display Name: testserver1
   Config File: /vmfs/volumes/somelocation/testserver1/testserver1.vmx

But if i run esxcli vm process kill –t=soft –w=67909 I get the error Error: Unknown command or namespace vm process kill –t=soft –w=67909

To confirm i’m running the correct command, i ran esxcli vm process kill -help and get

Error: Invalid option -h

Usage: esxcli vm process kill (cmd options)

  kill                  Used to forcibly kill Virtual Machines that are stuck and not responding to normal stop operations.

Cmd options:
  -t|--type=<str>       The type of kill operation to attempt. There are three types of VM kills that can be attempted:   (soft, hard, force). Users should always
                        attempt 'soft' kills first, which will give the VMX process a chance to shutdown cleanly (like kill or kill -SIGTERM). If that does not work
                        move to 'hard' kills which will shutdown the process immediately (like kill -9 or kill -SIGKILL). 'force' should be used as a last resort
                        attempt to kill the VM. If all three fail then a reboot is required. (required)
  -w|--world-id=<long>  The World ID of the Virtual Machine to kill. This can be obtained from the 'vm process list' command (required)

Can you see anything i’m doing wrong that might be preventing this command from working?
I realize there’s vim-cmd alternative in docs but i’m trying to figure out why the first option from the docs is responding like it’s not even a valid command.