Seattle police kill woman that family says was pregnant

Officer-Involved Shooting Near Magnuson Park Leaves One Woman Dead

"Charleena Lyles, 30, called police to report an attempted burglary on Sunday, but after police arrived to the scene Lyles brandished a knife at the officers", the Seattle Times reported. Both officers fired their weapons, killing her. Two police officers can be heard having a calm exchange with Lyles, who details how someone broke into her home and stole some items, including a video game console. "I could have taken her down", said Monika Williams, Lyles' sister told the Seattle Times. Police say the children were not injured. Seattle police have said officers responding to a burglary c.

"Why couldn't they have Tased her?"

The woman was identified by family members as 30-year-old Charleena Lyles, who relatives said was a mother suffering from mental health issues.

- Because of the previous incident, police considered her an "officer hazard", which is why two officers were dispatched to take her burglary report. "If worse came to worse, you'd use a Taser instead of a gun for someone that has three kids inside of her house".

On the audio, the woman can be heard discussing with the officers that there was a break-in. Both officers opened fire and the woman was struck multiple times. "Get back!" before a volley of gunfire erupts.

Seattle's Mayor Ed Murray said the incident was a "tragedy for all involved and will be fully investigated". She was arrested on June 5 on charges of harassment, obstruction of a public official and harassment of a law enforcement officer. Seattle Police Department has been under federal oversight since 2012, after investigators from the DOJ's Civil Rights Division concluded that its officers routinely defaulted to excessive force and engaged in a pattern and practice of racially biased policing.

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Lhora Murray, who lives directly below Lyles, said that she heard the gunshots on Sunday morning and that police handed her two of Lyles' children: a 10-year-old and a toddler. Additionally, the King County Prosecutors' Office will investigate the shooting and will most likely call for a coroner's examination. The 10-year-old reportedly said, "They shot my mom".

"At this point the footage is part of the police investigation", said Mike Buchman, Solid Ground Communications Director.

He promised a full and thorough investigation, citing "historic police reforms" that are "in place to address such crises".

The police department also reports that both officers "were equipped with less lethal force options, per department policy", raising further questions as to why both officers chose to shoot Lyles.

But as the deaths of Lyles and Woods clearly indicate, black mothers - and mothers to be - are also at risk of being killed by police.

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