Seattle police kill woman that family says was pregnant

"Officers immediately performed first aid until the fire department arrived, but the fire department declared her deceased at the scene". The children in the apartment were unharmed and police are trying to determine if they witnessed the shooting. Friends and family wondered aloud how police could shoot and kill a mother in front of her children.

Lyles was 30 years old and three months pregnant with her fifth child at the time of her death, according to the Washington Post.

When officers went to the fourth floor, they confronted by Lyles who was allegedly wielding a knife.

He says Lyles had been struggling with mental health issues in the past year and was attending his Seattle church regularly while making an effort to improve her life. Her family questioned why Lyles, who they say weighed about 100 pounds, couldn't be subdued with a non-lethal weapon like a Taser.

When police responded to her apartment, she allegedly opened the door holding a knife in her hand.

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The Seattle Police Department has released the audio recording of the incident saying that "transparency throughout the investigation of deadly force incidents is essential to maintaining public trust". You can hear a child's voice in the background, and muffled interactions between the cops and Lyles as she appears to run through what she alleges was stolen, including an X-Box. Moments later, officers started yelling "get back, get back" before the sound of gunfire.

"Today's incident is a tragedy for all involved", said Murray in a statement Sunday, pledging to investigate the incident.

In the weeks before, Lyles had been arrested and spent nine days in jail, according to King County records. Following the DOJ's discovery of biased policing and a number of cases involving excessive force by police officers, the SPD was placed under a federal consent decree-a provision that allows the federal government to sue police agencies that show patterns of excessive force or civil rights violations. Family members also said they believe race was a factor in the incident - Lyles was black, and the two police officers who shot her were white. She had called the police on the morning of 18 June to report the crime. They said Lyles confronted them with a knife.

He promised a full and thorough investigation, citing "historic police reforms" that are "in place to address such crises". She pleaded not guilty to two counts harassment and obstructing a police officer at her arraignment the next day.

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

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