Murray, who lives in the unit directly below the victim’s apartment, said police handed her two of the victim’s children-a 10-year-old and the toddler with down syndrome.
The recording then jumps to the initial conversation between Lyles and the officers in her home.
Jamieson said officers have responded to calls at the apartment unit before.
Zamirah Cacho, center, is embraced by Mykla Gainey, left, and a staff member from a nearby community center at a memorial outside where a pregnant mother was shot and killed a day earlier by police, Monday, June 19, 2017, in. They asked her about the video game console she was reporting stolen.
Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave.
The two officers, who have not been named, fired at Lyles, killing her.
Lyles’ family says the shooting was unnecessary and that Lyles suffered from mental health issues. They could have taken her down. “There’s no way you could’ve taken a baton and knocked the knife out of her hand?”
Police on Monday released audio of the officers discussing a previous encounter with the woman before they reached the apartment.
Seattle police said the officers immediately performed first aid, but medics arrived and determined she had died. “Get back!” the officers can be heard saying before loud sounds of gunshots erupt and the audio stops.
The Times reports that both officers fired their weapons. Lyles’ brother, Michael Taylor, spoke to them: “This is my family and we’re going to be as one”, said Taylor. “She called for help and she was shot”.
Seattle police officers fatally shot a 30-year-old pregnant woman Sunday in her home while three of her children were in the house.
Why would the officers shoot a woman who’d called them for help? People attend a memorial outside an apartment building of a woman, shown in the displayed photos, at Magnuson Park in Seattle on Sunday, June 18, 2017.
“Hello, good morning“, one of the officers said in the audio.
The recording from Sunday indicates the officers spent about two minutes calmly speaking with Lyles before the situation escalated.
Police said there were several children inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, but none of them were injured. “I could have taken her down”, Lyle’s sister, Monika Williams, told the Times.
Family members told the Seattle Times that Lyles was several months pregnant, and suffering from mental health issues, at the time of the incident. At the end of the video, an officer can be seen partially backing out of the doorway with his arms raised. “This will be fully investigated”, he said.
Detectives from the Force Investigation Team will investigate the force used by both cops, police said.
The recent shooting of African-American Charleena Lyles by Seattle police on Sunday triggered a huge outcry among citizens with many branding the incident as an act of racism.
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.