Family recalls loving nature of Seattle mom killed by police
- Author: Archie Newman Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 1:31
While the effort likely meant to make the city's officers more available to the Seattle residents, it backfired when its public affairs director Sgt. Sean Whitcomb used Twitch to address questions surrounding the death of Lyles, a pregnant woman shot and killed by officers in her home after reporting a burglary.
The officers were responding to a burglary report called in by Lyles and knew she had a history of mental health issues, and that she had menaced two officers with metal shears in her apartment earlier in the month.
On Thursday, Seattle police released Lyles' 911 call and a video recording from her hallway, showing the 24 hours leading up to the shooting.
Officers fired their weapons after yelling "Get back" several times.
McNew told investigators Lyles had him trapped in the kitchen and was closing the distance between them.
The mother of four said in the call that she had gone to a store and come home to find someone had broken in.
Over the past year, family members say she had struggled with depression but had sought help.
After an online outcry, a Seattle Police Department video in which an officer playing a video game discussed the recent fatal police shooting of a pregnant mother has been removed from social media.
Lyles had been in counseling, with and without her children, and she had obtained housing a year ago after fighting homelessness for a decade, court records indicate. There's no reason for her to be shot in front of her babies. In that case, she displayed a pair of long scissors at officers before dropping them.
They encountered Lyles holding a knife, and shot her twice.
"This is a terrible tragedy on every front", Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole told KING-TV in Seattle.
"Her life wasn't flawless, like none of us are", he said.
Three children were in the apartment at the time of the shooting, police said.
Anderson said he told members of his squad he had stopped carrying the stun gun, but failed to alert his superiors or the quartermaster about the dead battery.
But he said that he wouldn't have used it in that situation because he was trained to use lethal force when being attacked by someone with a knife.
"I'm a. quite slender guy", Anderson said Wednesday, according to the transcript.