Seattle Shooting: Police Kill Knife-Holding Woman Who Called Them

As community members mourn the death of Charleena Lyles, the 30-year-old pregnant woman killed by Seattle cops Sunday morning, the primary day-after insights into her life are the words of her family members and the court documents detailing previous interactions with police.

Bible says the two officers knew Lyles was vulnerable when they responded after she reported a burglary Sunday at her apartment.

Many have pointed out that despite having the knowledge what they were going to encounter; the police officers resorted to the most lethal way of restraining the woman even when they could have used tasers to bring her under control. The audio indicates the officers told Ms Lyles to "get back" prior to shooting her.

"Hey! Get back! Get back!" an officer shouts before an eruption of gunfire.

One officer says, "tase her", and the other responds, "I don't have a Taser".

Florida Carroll holds her grandson Quayvis Carroll as they visit a memorial for a woman set up outside an apartment building at Magnuson Park in Seattle on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Lyles' sister, Monika Williams said her sister suffered from mental problems and was recently released from prison after being detained for getting in the way of a public official and two counts of harassment. They could have taken her down. Soon after I finished speaking, I called my wife to tell her I thought it was likely the most important event and audience I had ever spoken to. It is when we hear her invite the officers to look around the apartment that some type of struggle is heard. A cousin of a mother who was shot and killed by Seattle police has questioned why officers didn't use a Taser or other non-lethal options during the encounter. "They shot my mom", the 10-year-old reportedly said as Murray took him outside.

Following what seemed like a cordial exchange, the two officers mentioned previous calls to Lyles's home, including a June 5 incident described as a "physical domestic disturbance".

The woman was identified as Charleena Lyles, 30, by family members, according to NBC Seattle affiliate KING. Get back!" before a woman responds "Do it! The officers ask Lyles if she knew who the suspect could be.

The Washington Post reports that an investigation into the officers' decision to use deadly force is underway, and both officers will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

Lyles was black, and Isabell said he's frustrated with police killing black people across the country.

"The investigation found that SPD officers escalate situations, and use unnecessary or excessive force, when arresting individuals for minor offenses".

Both officers fired their weapons. He would not say whether any children witnessed the shooting - but said there were three children in the apartment at the time of the shooting.

One of the officers was an 11-year veteran while the other was "newer" he said. "When we explained to her family the behavior and statements Lyles made to us, they were surprised and informed us she has not had any behavior similar to this in the past".

Ganser, who noted that she had never met Lyles, said she was also diagnosed with a mental illness.

Detectives from the use of force team will investigate the Sunday shooting that Mayor Ed Murray called a tragedy for everyone involved.

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