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Recording: Woman brandished shears in past police encounter

21 June 2017

Authorities said the 30-year-old victim, identified as Charleena Lyles, had called to report an attempted burglary at her apartment on Sunday morning and pulled a knife on the two officers, who shot and killed her.

Bible says the two officers knew Lyles was vulnerable when they responded after she reported a burglary Sunday at her apartment. Lyles was shot and killed by police on Sunday after police say she came at them armed with a knife.

Family members told the paper that the woman was several months pregnant and had been struggling with mental-health issues for about a year, according to The Seattle Times. They have both been placed on administrative leave as the department investigates the incident, Jamieson said in a statement.

Police Detective Mark Jamieson said on Sunday that Lyles had been arrested earlier this month by officers responding to another call after she had armed herself as protection against her boyfriend.

"She let them in, then she started talking all insane about how the officers weren't going to leave", one officer says on the tape. Monika Williams, Lyles' sister, asked Sunday as she tried to make sense of why police shot and killed the mother-to-be.

An audio recording released by police indicates the officers spent about two minutes calmly speaking with her before the situation escalated.

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In the audio recording, the responding officers can be heard talking about previous encounters with Lyles.

The shooting has raised questions about use-of-force and crisis intervention at the Seattle Police Department, which has been under consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice since 2012.

The release comes hours after police officials posted dash cam audio from the shooting on the department's blotter website.

Lyles' family believes that she was shot unfairly, and that her death had more to do with her race than her actions. Video footage recorded by onlookers captured one of the officers telling her "you're not going to get shot" - right before shooting her. Within 10 seconds, there are sounds of a possible scuffle or rapid movement, and the officers shout "Get back!" Why didn't officers use the less lethal force options they were equipped with?

When officers arrived, she was sitting on the couch with a 4-year-old daughter and holding a large pair of scissors, police said.

Her cousin, Kenny Isabell, pastor of The Way of Holiness Church of God in Seattle, also said he was frustrated with police killing black people. They take down her contact information and confirm what was stolen.

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The shooting is now the 453rd person to be fatally shot by U.S. police this year, according to a database gathered by the Washington Post.

In the recording - issued by Seattle police - officers can be heard shouting, "Hey!"

"We need help", an officer says into his radio. She pleaded not guilty to two counts of harassment and obstructing a police officer.

Mayor Ed Murray called the shooting of Lyles a tragedy for everyone. Now, family members and investigators are scrambling to figure out what happened as national tensions over police misconduct continue to reach a boiling point following the news of a lack of conviction in the Philando Castille case.

Lyles' family condemned the police's decision to shoot, claiming that the use of deadly force was "unnecessary" as police could easily have restrained Lyles, who was "physically tiny".

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