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Seattle officer in fatal shooting: 'I don't have a taser'

Seattle officer in fatal shooting: 'I don't have a taser'

The two Seattle police officers had been called to Lyles' apartment so she could report a burglary.

A one-officer response would have been the norm, but "hazard information" linked to a previous police encounter with Lyles - she'd been arrested June 5 for obstruction of a public official and harassment, the Times reported - prompted the doubled-up presence, Jamieson said. In recently released audio of the shooting, officers can be heard yelling "Get back!"

"Hey! Get back! Get back!" an officer shouts before an eruption of gunfire.

"There were several children inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, but they were not injured", the department said in a statement.

Family members said Lyles had been suffering with a mental illness for the past year, and feared during the two recent police responses that officers would take her children away. She was four months pregnant when Indian River County Sheriff's deputies targeted what they suspected to be a drug den.

Her sister, Monika Williams, said she was released later on due to her "mental health issues".

One officer asks, "You said it was an Xbox that was taken?"

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The Washington Post reports that an investigation into the officers' decision to use deadly force is underway, and both officers will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

He added that the investigation will be reviewed by a federal monitoring team supervising a consent decree involving the Police Department.

"She started talking all insane about how the officers weren't going to leave and she had a pair of scissors", one officer says.

Why would the officers shoot a woman who'd called them for help? "I just don't know why they would come in here with force, trying to shoot her".

Seattle's Mayor Ed Murray said the incident was a "tragedy for all involved and will be fully investigated".

Usually, only one officer would respond to a standard burglary call like this one, Jamieson told reporters.

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She was African-American, while the two officers who responded are white. Suddenly, scuffling noises are heard, and the officers repeatedly order Lyles to "get back", as a child cries in the background.

Almost 100 people attended a candlelight vigil for Lyles at her home. Even if my sister had a knife in her hand, she weighs like nothing, even if she's soaking wet.

How is a cop surprised that a woman reporting a burglary, at home alone with her children would answer the door with a weapon or some form of protection?

Family members also said she was several months pregnant and had been struggling with mental health issues for the past year.

The statement provided by the Seattle police department said both officers were "equipped with less lethal force options", and that all its officers are trained in crisis intervention.

In a report in April, the court-appointed monitor found that the reforms had prompted a stunning drop in how often officers use serious force - with no rise in crime or officer injuries.

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