Seattle Police Fatally Shoot Pregnant Woman Armed With Knife

Seattle Police Fatally Shoot Pregnant Woman Armed With Knife

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. They performed CPR on Lyles, but she was later pronounced dead at the scene by fire department officials.

Family members of Lyles described her as a loving mother who suffered emotionally from the trauma of raising a child with Down syndrome. "I could have taken her down", Lyles' sister, Monika Williams, told The Seattle Times, adding that Lyles was a considerably "tiny" woman.

"There were several children inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, but they were not injured", it said.

According to the dash cam audio, they seemed to be having a normal conversation with her, as she tells them about what's been stolen - she confirms a missing Xbox. "She has a mental health issue that no one is addressing", Willams said.

"She let them in, then she started talking all insane about how the officers weren't going to leave", one officer says on the tape.

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"What is she going do to all you police?", Williams demanded.

The fuzzy four-minute audio clip, which was recorded by officers' dash cam system, which includes microphones on each patrol officer, offers little insight into what happened immediately before police shot Lyles. As a result, the department had flagged her and her apartment, responding with a greater officer presence than they may otherwise have done. Officers can be heard saying "Get back, get back, hey, hey, get back, get back" before they fire five shots.

Detectives from the use of force team will investigate the Sunday shooting that Mayor Ed Murray called a tragedy for everyone involved. She had called the police on the morning of 18 June to report the crime.

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.

Sheriff Deryl Loar said at the time that Andrew Coffee IV - Woods' boyfriend, and the father of her unborn child - used Woods as a human shield during the shootout, causing her to be killed in the crossfire. This will be fully investigated.

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Two police officers responded to Lyles's call around 10 a.m.

The shooting is now under investigation to determine whether the use of force was justified.

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

Outside the Sand Point apartment complex where police fatally shot Charleena Lyles.

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Shooter James Hodgkinson of Belleville, Ill., was shot and died later Wednesday of his wounds in the hospital. C-SPAN provided coverage, and additional national television, radio and other media outlets tuned in.

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