Seattle police shoot, kill woman who reported burglary


The news had trickled down among them as one called the other, called the other, called the other.

Lyles' death also comes less than two days after a St. Paul, Minnesota, jury acquitted St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez for the July killing of Philando Castile. Cousin Robin Cockerherm said Lyles, was "78 pounds wet".

According to the dash cam audio, they seemed to be having a normal conversation with her, as she tells them about what's been stolen - she confirms a missing Xbox.

Seattle police said the incident began when they got a burglary call from Charleena Lyles, who lived in an apartment in the 6800 block of 62nd Street.

Authorities confirmed that children were present in the apartment at the time of the shooting, though it is unknown who witnessed it. Police were seen carrying children away from the scene. Lyles had been previously arrested for obstruction of a public official and two counts of harassment on June 5 but had been released conditionally on June 14.

She believes race was a factor.

The Seattle Times reports ( ) that both officers fired their weapons.

Seattle Police did not immediately release the names of the officers. Williams also revealed that Lyles was pregnant. They have been taken into protective custody. Family members say the children were two boys and a girl ages 11, 4, and 1.

Relatives told The Seattle Times that the woman was pregnant and had mental health issues.

Isabell had housed Lyles for three months in Tacoma before Lyles landed the spot in Magnuson Park a year ago. "She's a kind person and her kids were her everything". Then there's a four-second pause, followed by a sudden commotion - you can hear Lyles say, 'You ready?', she calls them an expletive, and the cops react, saying "We need help", presumably over their radios, and commanding someone to "get back". Police had taped off access to that particular building, but an older wing of the complex had cameras dotted throughout. This will be fully investigated. But what the police are not stating is the fact that the Seattle Police Department is under a federal consent decree because of its questionable use of excessive force. Lyles is black, and both officers are white.

The shooting is now under investigation to determine whether the use of force was justified.

Seattle police have said officers. The officers' behavior was eventually affirmed as within protocol.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said in a statement that the shooting was "a tragedy for all involved".

The officers will be placed on paid leave, meaning taxpayers will continue to give them full pay even though they are not working (referred to many, including some dictionaries as "vacation").