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No choice but lethal force in fatal shooting

26 June 2017, 01:29 | Dan Bryan

No choice but lethal force in fatal shooting


But the other officer replied, 'I don't have a Taser, ' according to the police audio of the shooting. But it suddenly escalated with the officers saying "get back" repeatedly.

Whitcomb also told GeekWire that he was not directed by Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole or Mayor Ed Murray's office to end outreach with Twitch. Lyles was black; the officers, were white.

Family members, who previously expressed concerns about her mental health, question why the officers didn't use nonlethal methods to subdue the petite woman and have suggested race played a role.

Among the documents' main points, Anderson reported he had both pepper spray and a baton and McNew had a club (neither had Tasers), but they said they were left with no choice but to use lethal force. That police report described Lyles as having "armed herself with a pair of extra long metal shears" and that she had been "threatening the officers".

A third officer who arrived at the scene began giving first aid to Lyles, Anderson said, adding that he started to help before moving away as his hands were shaking.

Anderson told investigators, according to the transcript, that he 'was jumping back, uh, kind of sucking my abdomen in trying to avoid getting stabbed in the stomach'. I could have taken her down.

McNew told investigators Lyles had him trapped in the kitchen and was closing the distance between them. "They ended up coming in and killing her".

"Her life wasn't flawless, like none of us are", he said.

Whitcomb said the department is "grieving for her children and her family" and struggling with the notion that earlier mental health or other support for Lyles, a pregnant mother of four who had been a victim of domestic violence, might have prevented what happened.

A previous version of this story incorrectly said no one had left or entered the apartment in the hours before the shooting. She adored her four children.

Seattle police shared photos of the knives found inside Charleena Lyles' apartment following the shooting.

Anderson said he told members of his squad he had stopped carrying the stun gun, but failed to alert his superiors or the quartermaster about the dead battery. Some questioned why non-lethal options weren't used in the case.

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