Woman with knife killed by officers after calling police; children found in her Magnuson apartment | The Seattle Times – Just after 10 a.m. Sunday Seattle police responded after the woman had called to report an attempted burglary at her Magnuson Park apartment. At some point she brandished a knife and officers shot and killed her, according to detectives.
Family members arriving about two hours later were distraught and questioned why police had to shoot the woman, who they identified as Charleena Lyles. She was “tiny,” they said, and believe her race — she is African American — was a factor.
The SPD has confirmed that both officers were white.
Armed woman killed by Seattle cops had mental-health issues, family says | The Seattle Times – Williams said her sister had “mental-health problems” and questioned the need for officers to use deadly force.
She said Lyles had been arrested earlier this month by officers responding to another call after she had armed herself as protection against her boyfriend. Jamieson said she had a pair of scissors during the previous encounter.
“There’s no reason for her to be shot in front of her babies,” Williams yelled at reporters. “The Seattle police shot the wrong one today.”
The family confirmed the sister’s identity. King County Jail records indicate Lyles was arrested and booked into jail June 5 for obstruction of a public official and two counts of harassment filed in Seattle Municipal Court. She was released conditionally June 14. Details of the June 5 incident were not immediately available.
Williams said one of the conditions of her release was that she receive mental-health counseling. That claim could not be immediately confirmed Sunday.
Shortly after the shooting, a uniformed police officer was seen cradling a sleeping child outside the apartments. Two other children were in back of a police SUV.