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

The Seattle Police Department released audio of the fatal shooting of 30-year-old Charleena Lyles on Sunday in Magnuson Park.

Seattle police shouted “Get back! Get back!” before they opened fire on 30-year-old Charleena Lyles as at least one child could be heard crying in the background, according to dashcam audio released early Monday by Seattle Police Department.

The audio of the Sunday morning encounter in fourth-floor Magnuson Park, which was redacted in several places, includes two unidentified officers speaking about Lyles’ mental health and previous calls to police before they confronted her.

The officers were responding to Lyles’ call reporting an attempted burglary at her Magnuson Park apartment. At some point, police said, she displayed a knife and two officers shot and killed her.

Charleena Lyles shooting

“Hello, good morning,” one of the officers says in the audio. “You call the police?”

The officers continue to speak with Lyles, who was identified by family members Sunday, and ask her about a reportedly stolen Xbox.

Shortly after, the situation escalates and an officer says, “We need help.”

“Hey! Get back! Get back!” an officer shouts before an eruption of gunfire.

Warning: Graphic audio

Police said several children were in the apartment at the time of the shooting and were not hurt. The children were identified by family as two boys and a girl, ages 11, 4 and 1.

In a statement released with the audio, police noted that both officers were equipped with “less lethal force options.”

Police also said that typically one officer is dispatched when property crime is reported, but in this case two officers were sent because there had been a previous incident involving Lyles.

Family members also said she was several months pregnant and had been struggling with mental-health issues for the past year. They said she was concerned that authorities would take her children, one of whom they…

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