"The officers arrived at 30-year-old Charleena Lyles' fourth-floor Magnuson Park apartment around 10 a.m. Sunday after she called to report a burglary, according to the Seattle Police Department's online crime-blotter page".
Since then, the police department's use-of-force incidents dropped 60 percent, and a recent federal report says the officers have used de-escalation techniques. Officers can then be heard taking a report from Lyles, who told officers "someone broke into my house" while she was away at the store.
"There's no reason for her to be shot in front of her babies", Monika Williams, Lyles' sister, told KIRO.
Police confirmed the shooting occurred at Brettler Family Place, a community made up of 52 "families coming out of emergency and transitional shelters".
Lyles was dealing with mental health issues, according to family.
"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.
In the audio recording, the responding officers can be heard talking about previous encounters with Lyles.
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At first, the officers talk to her about a reportedly stolen Xbox, but the situation escalates and one officer says, "We need help".
"Hey! Get back! Get back!" an officer shouts before gunfire erupts.
In the weeks before, Lyles had been arrested and spent nine days in jail, according to King County records.
The two officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated. Lyles had called 911 to report an attempted burglary.
Lyles was depressed and "was going through some things in her life", but she was attending his church regularly while making an effort to improve her life, Isabell said.
Force investigations like these can take months to complete. "This will be fully investigated", Murray said. "Both officers fired their service weapons, striking the individual". "The Seattle Police shot the wrong one today". As part of a federal consent decree, the Seattle Police Department has emphasized training in "crisis intervention", which stresses techniques for lowering the tension when encountering people with mental illness or other cognitive problems.
The police statement said two officers were required to respond because of "information pertaining to this address that presented an increased risk to officers".