Of­fi­cers in Seat­tle fa­tal shoot­ing had cri­sis train­ing

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION -

SEAT­TLE | Two Seat­tle po­lice of­fi­cers who shot and killed a preg­nant woman inside her apart­ment had less-lethal op­tions and had been trained to deal

with peo­ple show­ing signs of men­tal ill­ness and other be­hav­ior crises.

Still, within min­utes of ar­riv­ing Sun­day to take a bur­glary re­port, the of­fi­cers drew their guns and shot 30-year-old Charleena Lyles with three of her four chil­dren inside her apart­ment.

Au­thor­i­ties say Ms. Lyles con­fronted the of­fi­cers with two kitchen knives.

The killing raised new ques­tions about use of force by Seat­tle po­lice as the de­part­ment re­mains under fed­eral over­sight fol­low­ing a 2011 in­ves­ti­ga­tion that found of­fi­cers were too quick to use it.

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