SEATTLE -- (KCPQ) -- A police dashboard-camera recording system captured audio of two officers shooting and killing a 30-year-old woman who had a knife, according to Seattle Police.
In the four-minute long audio clip, released early Monday morning, police can be heard talking to the woman about a break-in at her apartment. Moments later, officers started yelling “get back, get back” before the sound of gunfire.
Family members say the woman killed by police was Charleena Lyles. Her three children were inside the apartment at the time of the shooting.
“If she had a knife, you could've knocked it out her hand,” said her sister Monika Williams.
Loved ones and friends left candles, flowers, and signs outside her apartment near Magnuson Park Sunday night. They don’t believe police needed to use deadly force.
“She's not big at all,” said Lyles’ brother, Domico Jones. “If worse came to worse, you'd use a Taser instead of a gun for someone that has three kids inside of her house.”
Following a recent arrest, her family says Lyles found out she was pregnant. Her children are now with family members.