Seattle police have said officers responding to a burglary call at the apartment shot and killed the 30-year-old woman who was armed with a knife. They performed CPR on Lyles, but she was later pronounced dead at the scene by fire department officials. The statement also revealed that there were several children in the apartment at the time, who were unharmed and are now being cared for by family members. Lyles was several months pregnant with her fifth child, the family said.
There were children at the scene while the shooting occurred, " but they were not injured", the department said.
The Seattle Police Department later released an audio recording of the officers' conversation leading up to the shooting, as well as the confrontation between them and Lyles.
Reports indicate that police officers in Seattle fatally shot a pregnant Black women. She lets them in and says, "There was a break-in". "You big f***ing men, I can take her down, I know you can", her sister, Monika Williams, told KOMO. She told the outlet that the 10-year-old told her, "They shot my mom". "Just because of where she lived and the mental things she's going through, doesn't mean you get to take her life", Isabell said.
The officers are then heard greeting Lyles at her door. Toward the end, the officers could be heard yelling "get back" and "we need help" and then gunfire erupted.
Lyles had an extensive criminal record.
The two officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated.
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On the dashcam audio of Sunday's incident, officers can be heard greeting Lyles and asking questions about the burglary report. The 10-year-old reportedly said, "They shot my mom". Police had previously responded to an incident at her home in which she "presented an increased risk to officers".
- Police said Lyles was armed with one or more kitchen knives, but they have not said whether she directly threatened the officers.
The Seattle Police Department has a history of excessive use of force, according to a Justice Department assessment. "This will be fully investigated", he continued.
He promised a full and thorough investigation, citing "historic police reforms" that are "in place to address such crises".
The Blotter posting indicates that "both officers were equipped with less lethal force options, per department policy".
"Both officers had to fire their service weapons, striking the individual", Detective Mark Jamieson said.
He added that the investigation will be reviewed by a federal monitoring team supervising a consent decree involving the Police Department.