Pregnant Seattle woman Charleena Lyles shot by police at home.

Pregnant Seattle Woman Shot and Killed by Police She Called for Assistance

Pregnant Seattle Woman Shot and Killed by Police She Called for Assistance

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June 19 2017 1:00 PM

Pregnant Seattle Woman Shot and Killed by Police She Called for Assistance

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Police in Seattle killed a 30-year-old pregnant woman who called 911 to report an attempted burglary at her home on Sunday. From 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, police said, she displayed a knife and two officers shot and killed her.

Relatives identified the woman as Charleena Lyles.

Family members said she was several months pregnant and had been struggling with mental-health issues for the past year. They said she was concerned authorities would take her children, one of whom they said has Down syndrome.
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“Police Detective Mark Jamieson said officers were alerted to ‘hazard information’ in the system after a previous encounter with the woman,” the Times’ Lynn Thompson writes, “which prompted a two-officer response Sunday morning when she called to report an attempted burglary in her fourth-floor unit at Brettler Family Place apartments.” Lyles was arrested earlier this month for “obstruction of a public official and two counts of harassment.” She was black. Relatives have said they believe her race played a role in the shooting.