They also say they sent two officers to the scene because of previous contact with her. The Times reports that both officers are white.
The incident happened just before 10 a.m. Sunday at a Solid Ground housing complex for formerly homeless families in the 6800 block of 62nd Avenue NE.
"The officers need to pay for what they did", said Williams.
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Lyles' family said she had a history of mental illness but insisted she wasn't a threat.
"She let them in, then she started talking all insane about how the officers weren't going to leave", one officer says on the tape. At some point, police said, the woman confronted them with a knife, and both officers fired their weapons. Her sister said Lyles was a mother of four children who had previous encounters with police.
"The officers immediately performed first aid", but medics arrived and determined she had died, the Police Department said.
The officers will meet with police union officials and create a story that revolves around how they "feared for their life". When they arrived, police can be heard on audio released by the Seattle Times discussing Charleena's reported mental health issues.
The recording then jumps to the initial conversation between Lyles and the officers in her home.
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This commotion lasts 16 seconds, and then they fire the gunshots that kill her.
Lyles' death further stirred up national debates about police' excessive use of force against African Americans.
Lyles sister Monika Williams questioned why the two officers didn't use less lethal means.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has promised a full investigation of the shooting, which he referred to as "a tragedy for all involved".
The other officer responds: "Yeah, so this gal, she was the one making all these weird statements about how her and her daughter are going to turn into wolves". "I don't know anything about a man shooting his wife", Jamieson said. "Do it", before an officer called up someone and asked for help.
Zamirah Cacho, center, is embraced by Mykla Gainey, left, and a staff member from a nearby community center at a memorial outside where a pregnant mother was shot and killed a day earlier by police, Monday, June 19, 2017, in.
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In April, the monitor overseeing court-ordered reforms issued a glowing report saying that the use of force by officers had declined dramatically and hailing the department as a "model of policing for the 21 century".
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