Mother with knife killed in Seattle officer-involved shooting

Mother with knife killed in Seattle officer-involved shooting

Seattle police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in which a 30-year-old woman was killed Sunday, June 18, 2017, in the Sand Point neighborhood of Seattle.

SEATTLE†ó Seattle police are investigating the officer-involved shooting of a 30-year-old woman who was armed with a knife, police said.

Police were responding Sunday to reports of a burglary at an apartment in a housing complex in Seattle's Sand Point neighborhood, said police spokesman Mark Jamieson. Two officers responded to the apartment because the tenant, who called about the burglary,†had previous history with police, he said.

"Although this was a typical burglary report, two officers were required due to information pertaining to this address that presented an increased risk to officers," police said in a statement.

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When the officers arrived, they were confronted†by a 30-year-old woman armed with a knife. Both officers fired at the woman, striking her several times. She died at the scene.

The officers were uninjured.

Police said three children were inside the apartment when the shooting happened. The children were unharmed. It was unclear what relationship the children had with the woman, but other family members were caring for them, police said.†

Family members identified the victim as Charleena Lyles and said she had a history of mental problems. Her sister said Lyles was a mother of four children who had previous encounters with police.

In the past, the family said officials were able to arrest Lyles without using deadly force. They questioned why police didn't use a non-lethal device.†

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"Why couldn't they have Tased her? They could have taken her down. I could have taken her down," Monika Williams, the dead woman's sister, told the Seattle Times.

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

Jamieson said officers have responded to calls at the apartment unit before and the woman had been arrested the previous week.

According to the King County, Wash.,†online jail records, Lyles was arrested June 5 and charged with harassment of a law enforcement officer, harassment and obstruction of a public official. She was conditionally released Wednesday.†

Jamieson said officers were conducting a "very thorough" investigation of the incident. Both officers who fired their weapons will be placed on paid administrative leave, in accordance with department protocol.



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