Family and friends remember pregnant woman shot dead by police

On Sunday, a pregnant African American woman was killed in front of her children by two Seattle police officers after she called 911 about a burglary.

Seattle Police Detective Mark Jamieson said two officers were responding to a burglary call at an apartment.

Seattle police shot and killed a woman who had called for police assistance on Sunday.

The dead woman was identified as 30-year-old Charleena Lyles by family members - who said she had four children and was expecting a fifth.

Hours after the shooting, the police department released a statement saying, "Both officers were equipped with less lethal force options, per department policy".

Officers also said they immediately performed first aid on Lyles before the medics arrived. Florida Carroll holds her grandson Quayvis Carroll as they visit a memorial for a woman set up outside an apartment building at Magnuson Park in Seattle on Sunday, June 18, 2017.

The recording, captured by microphones linked wirelessly to the dashboard video system in the officers' patrol vehicle, was publicly released in the interest of maintaining "transparency" in the investigation of Sunday's shooting, the Seattle Police Department said.

Lyles said, "Get ready, mother---" to the two officers, according to the transcript released Monday night. Officers who responded to the burglary call looked for a mental health caution on her file, but found none, according to the audio recording.

Court documents say the woman was arrested June 5 for threatening Seattle Police officers.

In regards to the Seattle Police Department specifically, a 2011 report found that the city's law enforcement officers regularly used excessive force. She confronted them with a knife, authorities said.

Relatives say that Charleena was 3 month pregnant and had a history of mental health struggles, and expressed their frustration about why she was shot and killed.

Earlier on the tape, before the officers head into the apartment, they talk about the woman previously waving large metal shears, trying to prevent officers from leaving her apartment and making statements about her and her daughter turning into wolves.

A child steps over burned-out candles at a memorial outside where a pregnant mother was shot and killed at her apartment a day earlier by police, Monday, June 19, 2017, in Seattle.

After shooting Lyles, the unnamed officers reportedly administered CPR, but were unable to revive her.

"Get back! Get back!" the officers responded before opening fire on Lyles, while at least one child can be heard crying in the background. She pleaded not guilty to two counts of harassment and obstructing a police officer.

Officer 2: Wait, is this the one with the three kids?

Charleena Lyles lived there with her four children.

The pastor says he's frustrated with police killing young black people across the country.

Police have declined to release the names and races of the officers involved in the shooting. They also questioned why other non-lethal methods weren't used to de-escalate the situation. They were taken into protective custody.

Mayor Ed Murray called the shooting of Lyles a tragedy for everyone. "We keep the community and the family informed all the way through this process".

O'Toole promised the department's investigation into the shooting would be transparent and "that we'll go where the truth takes us".

These officers, and all Seattle Police officers, know full well who Solid Ground homes are for and the unique challenges that many residents face.

  • Larry Hoffman