Officers shot, killed knife-wielding pregnant woman

Angie Massey
June 20, 2017

A Seattle family is demanding answers as to why officers on Sunday morning shot and killed a 30-year-old pregnant mother while her children were in the apartment after she called authorities to report a burglary.

Lyles had previously called police about domestic violence and other problems, prompting two officers to respond to the robbery call rather than the usual one, the Times said.

Williams, the grieving sister, wept and yelled epithets outside the apartment, telling reporters Lyles had been shot and killed by police. Williams said, adding later that the officers could have tased Lyles instead.

As the two officers responded to the woman's fourth-floor apartment near Magnuson Park in northeast Seattle, police say she came at the officers with a knife. In it, screaming and what sounds like jostling can be heard, with officers repeatedly saying "Hey, get back". The Seattle Times, The Seattle Patch and KIRO7 News have all reported on Lyles' criminal record.

Sorrowful and, at times, angry sentiments have poured in throughout the day Monday from groups representing gun safety, people with disabilities, people of color and the low-income housing provider that managed her apartment.

Not surprisingly the family believes race played a role in the shooting.

Authorities released an audio recording that picked up some of the interaction between the officers and Lyles with a statement confirming that the two officers "were equipped with less lethal force options, per departmental policy". Lyles' family says the officers' actions were motivated by racism. "They could've taken her down - I could have taken her down". Police say Charleena had a knife, prompting them to shoot her in front of her children. No officers were injured.

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The shooting occurred as Seattle police are under federal oversight following a 2011 investigation that found officers were too quick to use force. Seattle police have said officers responding to a burglary c. They were not hurt and are staying with family members. The department's Force Investigative Team is investigating their use of deadly force.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, in a statement Sunday afternoon, called the incident "a tragedy for all involved".

Seconds later, a commotion is heard. a child cries and Lyles curses at the officers. Police took three children from the home; the victim's sister says the shooting was unnecessary.

Isabell described Lyles as depressed but not violent and said she "was going through some things in her life".

The apartment complex is home to formerly homeless people where 400 people live in apartments comprising two, three and four bedrooms.

"Each time she called, it cost her something", said Wanda Cockerhern, a cousin.

The department said Sunday that though this was a typical burglary report, "two officers were required due to information pertaining to this address that presented an increased risk to officers".

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