SEATTLE — A 30-year-old lady who Seattle police contend they shot and killed after she came after officers with a knife has been identified by kin as Charleena Lyles, the Seattle Times reports.
Police orator Detective Mark Jamieson says the lady had called police to report a thievery Sunday morning. CBS associate KIRO reports Lyles was pregnant.
Police tell KIRO they dispatched two officers to the unit since they knew Lyles, who had a rapist history, and were endangered for the officers’ safety.
As the two officers responded to the woman’s fourth-floor unit nearby Magnuson Park in northeast Seattle, police contend she came at the officers with a knife. In recently expelled audio of the shooting, officers can be listened yelling “Get back! Get back!” before shots ring out.
The Times reports that both officers fired their weapons. The lady was hit mixed times and died just inside the apartment.
Three children who were inside the unit at the time were not harmed and had been taken into protecting custody.
“There’s no reason for her to be shot in front of her babies,” Monika Williams, Lyles’ sister, told KIRO.
Family members tell the Times that the sharpened was nonessential and that race was a factor. The Seattle Police Department tells the Times that both officers are white.
Lyles’ family pronounced she had a story of mental illness but insisted she wasn’t a threat.
“Why couldn’t they have Tased her? They could have taken her down. we could have taken her down,” Williams told the Times.
No officers were injured.