Seattle police release statements from officers who killed woman

Seattle police release statements from officers who killed woman”

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole also told the Seattle Times that neither officers had a Taser.

Two Seattle police officers who shot and killed a 30-year-old pregnant woman each say they fired their weapons as they didn't have Tasers after the woman allegedly pulled a knife and came after them. "At some point, we have to do police reform".

Many questions remain unanswered following the shooting of a pregnant Charleena Lyles this week in Seattle as demonstrators took to the streets in protest on Thursday. "I grew up in a family of police officers and this is an embarrassment to the profession my grandfather and my dad chose". That police report described Lyles as having "armed herself with a pair of extra long metal shears" and that she had been "threatening the officers". But it suddenly escalated with the officers saying "get back" repeatedly.

Lyles, whom relatives called "Leena", grew up in Seattle and was largely raising two boys and two girls on her own - including a 4-year girl with Down syndrome - but she had a supportive network of siblings, cousins, aunts and others, Williams said. "They ended up coming in and killing her".

Lyles had struggled with mental-health issues, according to her family and court records.

Seattle police shared photos of the knives found inside Charleena Lyles' apartment following the shooting.


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According to audio recordings released by police, the encounter Sunday was calm and professional for about the first two minutes: Lyles allowed them into her northeast Seattle apartment and told them someone had taken a video game console. Shots were heard in the audio.

On Thursday, police released surveillance video from the hallway outside the apartment, which shows that no one other than Lyles left or entered her apartment in the hours before she was shot.

Anderson said he wasn't carrying a Taser because the battery in his died two weeks earlier, but he told investigators he wouldn't have used it anyway because he was trained to use lethal force when someone is attacking with a knife.

Three children were in the apartment at the time of the shooting, police said.

McNew and Anderson are now on paid administrative leave while the shooting is under investigation.

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