Pregnant woman shot dead by officers after police say she brandished knife

Seattle police are investigating an officer-involved shooting near Magnuson Park in the Sand Point neighborhood

Seattle police are investigating an officer-involved shooting near Magnuson Park in the Sand Point neighborhood

The Seattle Police Department this morning released audio from a confrontation yesterday in which two Seattle police officers fatally shot Charleena Lyles after Lyles called them to report a burglary.

The Times reports (http://bit.ly/2sNk2nM ) that both officers fired their weapons.

An audio recording of the incident has been released by police in which the officers discuss Lyles' previous calls, then talk with her.

Family members told the paper that the woman was several months pregnant and had been struggling with mental-health issues for about a year, according to The Seattle Times.

Police say children inside the apartment were not injured.

Seattle police confirmed that two boys and one girl, aged 11, 4, and 1, were in the apartment at the time of the shooting, and have since been given over to family members.

Charleena Lyles was a 30-year-old mother who was shot dead by Seattle police on June 18.

"Why couldn't they have Tased her?" she asked. Lyles's sister, Monika Williams, told the Seattle Times.

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

"She was not a person you would fear or feel intimidated by", Jones told the Times. Moments later, officers started yelling "get back, get back" before the sound of gunfire.

Lyles had an extensive criminal record. Authorities said that both officers had been placed on administrative leave.

On the dashcam audio of Sunday's incident, officers can be heard greeting Lyles and asking questions about the burglary report. Police were trying to determine Sunday if the kids had witnessed the shooting. "She didn't charge nobody or nothing", said Williams of the earlier incident, in which her sister had been charged on several accounts, including obstruction and harassment.

This commotion lasts 16 seconds, and then they fire the gunshots that kill her.

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

"At this point the footage is part of the police investigation", said Mike Buchman, Solid Ground Communications Director. Of the 447 people who have been shot and killed by police so far in 2017, 102 of them have been black.

In a video posted by the Seattle Times, a woman who identified herself as Lyles' sister can be seen screaming into the camera distraught, telling the reporters that deadly force was not needed in the situation.

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