washingtonpost.com - 10 days ago
Seattle police fatally shoot black mother of four who they say ‘confronted’ officers with a knife
Thirty-year-old Charleena Lyles was shot and killed by police in her Seattle apartment on June 18.
Police say Lyles was holding a knife. She was pregnant with her fifth child. (Amber Ferguson/The Washington Post) Seattle police officers shot and killed a 30-year-old mother of four at her apartment Sunday morning in front of “several children” when the woman “confronted” them with a knife, according to a statement from authorities. The Seattle Times said she had called police to report a possible burglary. At a vigil Sunday night, family identified the woman as Charleena Lyles, reported the Times, and said she had a history of mental health struggles. She was three months pregnant with her fifth child, they said, and too “tiny” for officers to have felt threatened by her — even if she had a knife. “Why couldn’t they have Tased her?”
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