washingtonpost.com - 65 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 woman at her apartment Sunday morning in front of “several children” when the woman, who relatives said was pregnant, “confronted” them with a knife, according to a statement from authorities. The Seattle Times reported that the 30-year-old woman had called police to report a possible burglary. At a vigil Sunday night, family identified the woman as Charleena Lyles, according to the Times, and relatives said she had a history of mental health struggles. She was several months pregnant, her family 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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