Charleena Lyles called the police about a burglary in her home, and while the two officers were there investigating, they say Lyles "confronted" them with a knife before she was shot and killed.
Family members told the paper that the woman was several months pregnant and had been struggling with mental-health issues for about a year, according to The Seattle Times.
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"Why couldn't they have Tased her?" she asked.
Despite Lyles' mental-health battles, her brother, Domico Jones, said his sister was "not a person you would fear or feel intimidated by".
- Because of the previous incident, police considered her an "officer hazard", which is why two officers were dispatched to take her burglary report. They calmly discuss an X-Box video game console being taken and roughly 15 seconds later, officers could be heard saying "Get back!" After a couple of minutes, the officers are heard yelling, "Get back".
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in a statement Sunday called the shooting a tragedy.
According to King County jail records, Lyles was arrested and charged with obstruction of a public officer and harassment of a law enforcement officer on June 5. What's not yet clear is whether the officers had the time or physical space to use de-escalation techniques, and whether the presence of children influenced the decision to use deadly force.
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A neighbor, 42-year-old Lhora Murray, told The Stranger that police "handed her two of the victim's children - a 10-year-old and the toddler with down syndrome". She says an Xbox was stolen and then, the situation escalates quickly. Police were responding to a burglary call and claimed the woman brandished a knife before officers shot and killed her.
The shooting is being reviewed by the Seattle Police Department's Force Investigation Team, and its Office of Professional Accountability.
A court-ordered federal monitor issued a report in April asserting that the department had made a positive turnaround and that use of force by officers was down, reported the Times.
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