Recording: Police Shout ‘Get Back’ Before Shooting Woman
SEATTLE (AP) — A police audio recording has provided clues about the shooting of a pregnant woman by Seattle police.
The recording indicates the officers spent about two minutes calmly speaking with 30-year-old Charleena Lyles on Sunday about the theft of an X-box before the situation escalated.
Authorities say she then confronted officers with a knife. Officers are heard shouting "get back!" and the woman saying "do it! do it!"
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.
Family members questioned why police didn't use non-lethal options when they knew Lyles had been struggling with mental health issues.