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Seattle Police Fatally Shoot Pregnant Woman In Her Apartment

30-year-old, Charleena Lyles, was shot and killed by two Seattle police officers Sunday morning. The officers allege that they shot her because she was coming at at them with a knife. Charleena was shot in her apartment in front of 3 children. Her relatives say she was pregnant.

According to police spokesman, Detective Mark Jamieson, Charleena had called police to report a burglary Sunday morning. Police say they dispatched two officers to the apartment because they knew Lyles, who had a criminal history, and were concerned for the officers’ safety.

As per the story given by the two officers, upon arriving at Charleena’s apartment, she came at them with a knife. In recently released audio of the shooting, officers can be heard yelling “Get back! Get back!” before shots ring out.

The Times reports that both officers fired their weapons hitting Charleena multiple times. There were three children in the apartment at the time of the shooting. The children were not injured and have been taken into protective custody.

“There’s no reason for her to be shot in front of her babies,” Monika Williams, Lyles’ sister.

Family members told the Times that the shooting was unnecessary and that race was a factor. The Seattle Police Department tells the Times that both officers are white.

Lyles’ family said she had a history of mental illness but insisted she wasn’t a threat.

“Why couldn’t they have Tased her? They could have taken her down. I could have taken her down,” Williams told the Times.

Authorities offered few immediate details about what led police to fire their weapons. Early Monday, the police department released an audio recording capturing what they described as “some of the interaction with the caller prior to the rapid development of the use of force incident.”

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On the recording, which officials said was captured by dashboard video cameras in the patrol cars, officers can be heard discussing a woman who had previously made “all these weird statements.” Neither officer is identified, and police say all names have been removed from the recording.

The recording captured officers speaking to a woman about an Xbox that she said was taken. Seconds after that interaction, however, the encounter suddenly escalates and the officers can be heard shouting at the woman to back away.

“Hey, get back! Get back!” an officer shouts, a call echoed by the other officer, before a volley of gunshots are heard.

In a short statement accompanying the recording, police said that both police officers involved “were equipped with less lethal force options, per departmental policy.”

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4 comments

Carolyn Sanders September 8, 2019 at 7:26 pm

That’s crazy they could have used less force instead of deadly force on her they killed her and her baby the privileged that shoots up school get to live why you kkkk killing black people it’s always DEADLY NO JUSTICE NO PEACE AND YOU KNEW SHE HAD MENTAL PROBLEM SO WHY DIDNT YOU PREPARE FOR HER YOU WANTED TO K8LL HER HOPE YOU DONT GET SHOT EVERRRR

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JP Maurice February 12, 2020 at 11:15 pm

These perveted criminally insane neanderthal cave monkey cops. Had a good old time , killing an unarmed Black pregnant woman. They probably laughed and joked about it , saying they got a two for one deal ! Really though the Black community should lynch these two cowards and burn their houses down !! Cause I’m absolutely positive they LIED about her having a knife. A pregnant woman with a “alleged” knife !? Come on man !!! You could of taken her down bare handed. Or a tazser if you was scared ! But two men with guns !? Your some low life scum cowards. Who deserve to be hated , who deserve to DIE !!

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Renee February 13, 2020 at 1:21 am

They say the cops knew she has a mental problem, so if they knew, am sure that was not the protolcol for dealing with someone know to have mental issues. They should be fired, and the County should be sued for having such cowards on the force. The could have tased her, what if ine of the kids would gave run out in front of the line if fire. This is totally wrong, I know they have a hand book on how to deal with people like her. These in the closet racist potraying to protect are out her killing black people and nothing is being done about it.

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Loretta August 20, 2020 at 6:25 pm

To all black people, you have to get your money and your family and get the hell out of that demon countrey before they kill you all because that’s what they have plan for you all, Get out!!!!!

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