‘Get back! Get back!’: Seattle police release audio of fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles

Seattle Police released dashcam audio of the fatal shooting of Charleena Lyles in Magnuson Park. Officers can be heard shouting “Get back! Get back!” before gunfire breaks out. Also, details from a June 5 call to her home bear striking similarity to Sunday’s incident.

Two weeks ago, Seattle police responded to a domestic-violence call at the home of 30-year-old Charleena Lyles.

During the encounter, police say Lyles armed herself with a pair of shears and threatened officers. Although the officers reported that they feared for their safety, they were able to talk a distraught Lyles into dropping the shears.

The June 5 call is eerily similar to Sunday’s incident at Lyles’ Magnuson Park apartment, which ended with the pregnant mother of three being shot to death by two officers. Police say Lyles was armed with a knife.

Charleena Lyles shooting

Family members are angry that officers used deadly force when police concede that the two responding officers had “less lethal force options” at their disposal. Lyles had been struggling with mental-health issues for the past year and was concerned that authorities would take her children, one of whom they said has Down syndrome, her family said.

Lyles’ family said on Sunday that the shooting could have been avoided and that they believe race — she was African American — was a factor. The officers who shot Lyle are white, police said.

“Why couldn’t they have Tased her? They could have taken her down. I could have taken her down,” said Monika Williams, Lyles’ sister.

Seattle City Council members M. Lorena González, chair of the council’s Safe Communities Committee, and Rob Johnson, who represents the council district where the shooting took place, called for a “full and fair investigation.”

“People should not fear getting shot when they call law enforcement for help,” Johnson said in a statement.

Police on Monday released dashcam audio of the…

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